Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hosta Haven Farms = Hosta Heaven

Hosta Haven Farms Entrance
Hosta Haven Farms is a little off the beaten path, but worth seeking out, especially if you have shady areas in your gardens that could use a little perking up.  Located at 1906 Wright Road, in Akron, it's about a mile and half from the I-77 Copley Road exit.  Wright Road is off of Collier.

With over 400 different varieties to choose from, including over 50 dwarf species, there are a lot of different colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from.  Those with more yellow in their leaves may also be grown in more sunny areas.

I love hostas for their versatility, beauty, and tough nature.  It's difficult to kill a hosta, even for the brownest of thumbs.  The clumps grow larger over the years and submit nicely to being divided, so when you invest your plant dollars in them, keep in mind that they'll pay dividends in the form of free plants in the future.  

Display Gardens
Next to the shaded plant sales area is a large display garden containing mature specimens, each marked with a concrete name marker.  After you've wandered through the display gardens and selected your favorites, you can easily find them in the sales area in alphabetical order.  Here are some shots of my favorites:

Cheatin Hearts and C Wiggles

Green Eyes

2011 Hosta of the Year - Praying Hands

Here is the one I purchased, Fire Island.  I love the reddish stems against the chartreuse.

Fire Island
Some of the dwarf varieties

Inside Sales Area

Concrete Markers

Display in sales area
Be sure to check out Hosta Haven Farms - closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open Wed - Sunday 10 am to 4 pm, from May 1st through mid-September. 

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