Question: I’m really interested in hostas, but there are so many types. Can you tell me how to pick the best ones for Texas? They’re so expensive.

Answer: Hostas do cost a good bit, so it’s really important that you choose carefully. They seem to be better adapted in North and East Texas, where summer conditions are less stressful. As a general rule, smaller-leafed types usually are best. Beyond that, you need to experiment and ask your nurseryman questions about your exact situation. Hostas must have shade, and they really need rich, well-prepared garden soil and constant moisture (without overwatering) during the growing season.

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