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(a day, or plantain, lily), a genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the family Liliaceae. The rhizome is compact or short-branched. The numerous radical leaves vary in shape from narrowly lanceolate to broadly ovate, often with a cordate base; their coloration is green or, sometimes, gray-blue owing to a waxy sheen. There are many forms with variegated leaves. The flower stalks are sparsely leafed; the inflorescence is racemose and often unilateral. The perianth is funnelform or funnelform-campanulate, six-lobed, and lilac or violet in coloration (less commonly, white). The fruit is a leathery capsule. There are about 40 species (some of cultivated origin), distributed in temperate and warm regions of Southeast Asia. The USSR has two species, growing in the southern Primor’e, on Sakhalin, and on the Kuril Islands. Plantain lilies are valuable shade-tolerant foliage ornamentals. They are often cultivated under the generic name Funkia.

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well, doing something over the hostas that he would find easier to do than I would.
But one in particular grabs your eye Every gardener knows hostas. A few collect them obsessively and each year new varieties are launched - some monstrous, some tiny, some with different variegation, more puckered, smoother, with taller stems or shorter growth.
For those who could use a few gardening pointers, Haddad suggested starting with the sturdier flower varieties, like geraniums or hostas: "They can stand the heat and the dryness."
Long familiar with hostas, gardeners might tuck a green and white variety into a shady corner, but few are aware how many hostas exist.
Providing a layer of gravel or shingle round hostas will also afford them some protection and help retain valuable moisture for the plants.
Today, our perennial beds in Minnesota are a collage of color and texture with plumes of pink and white astilbe and taller goat's beard, mounds of smooth-leaved bergenia, bold stands of hostas and spires of gold above toothed foliage of the Rocket ligularia.
For gardeners who do their best work in the shade, one of the most useful and beautiful plants is the hosta. This perennial comes in blue, green, yellow, and variegated varieties, has a range of sizes, and produces blooms in pastel colors.
Other choices if you want a predominantly green basket with interesting foliage include hostas in contrasting shades.
Park Green Nurseries has six new hostas and a special plant named Royal Golden Jubilee.