One of the highlights of the trip was a tea party/garden tour at the home of noted hosta authority Michael Shadrack and his wife (also a garden book author and expert on daylilies and iris) Kathy Guest Shadrack. Their home is build into a craggy bluff overlooking a stream, with part of the house straddling the stream bed. It’s an amazing setting, and in five years, these gardeners have filled it with tiered beds to display their extensive collection of hostas, daylilies and other plants.
The Shadracks plant many of their hostas in pots, which is an idea more gardeners might want to emulate. While big swaths of large hostas are impressive, the newer, mini varieties are easily overwhelmed in a garden setting. Displaying them in pots gives the hostas center stage and allows the gardener to place them exactly where they will do best. The Shadracks are now developing a rock-garden type setting for some hostas, another great way to use hostas imaginatively.