The Beechgrove Garden episode 6 2020: In this episode, George is hankering after hostas, Kirsty harks back to the 70s to create an easy terrarium and Chris is dealing with a bad bout of box blight.
The Beechgrove Garden is a hardy annual TV gardening series which sets out to deal with, glory in and celebrate Scottish horticulture and growing conditions.
Beechgrove is and always has been a firmly practical, get-your-hands-dirty gardening programme which delights in success but also learns from failures in the garden and never takes itself too seriously. The majority of the programme is set in our built for purpose Beechgrove Garden site near Aberdeen. From our garden, the presenters give advice on what you could and should be doing in your garden each week. We cover as many gardening topics as possible, ranging from aerating the lawn to zapping pest problems, and everything in between.
The Beechgrove Garden episode 6 2020
Among the best of all foliage plants (summer flowers are a bonus), hostas vary from large plants to more diminutive types that are suitable for rock gardens. All thrive in shade and make good container plants. They have a reputation for being loved by slugs and snails, so choose your hosta carefully to minimise the holes or consider controlling these pests.
How to grow hostas
Hostas are one of the best foliage plants. They are easy to-grow-plants and long-lived.
There is a wide range of hostas, which vary in leaf shape, size and colour. With a such huge range of leaf shapes, sizes and colours, choosing a hosta is mainly a matter of personal taste. However, it’s also wise to match the plants to the conditions you have in your garden. In general, most thrive in moist soil in light to medium shade. However, blue-leaved hostas flourish in light shade, while yellow-leaved ones prefer some sun.
Miniature types such as ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ or ‘Pandoras Box’ are a good choice if space is tight or for containers. Most also produce clusters of flowers in shades of white, lavender and purple on tall stems. You can plant hostas at any time of year, but it’s best to avoid mid-summer when temperatures are high and the soil is often dry due to little rainfall.