One of the big unanticipated benefits of DIY & Garden blogging is that the blog, over the years, begins to serve as a reference book for all your documented projects and adventures. I can’t tell you how often I refer to my own blog to re-learn something or remember the name of a product I’ve found useful on past projects.

To that end, this blog entry may be more for my own edification than it is for the sharing of valuable information with the internet! Hopefully I can add an update in a season or two to illustrate how these hosta varieties look together in the arrangement, when mature.

The 3 acres of Hawk Hill were once owned by an avid and impressively prolific unknown gardener. Passed through several hands since, many of the flower beds are very overgrown, or their contents died out years ago and were reclaimed by the lawn as their edging sunk into the earth. I actually love weeding my property- as weeding an overgrown flower bed often reveals perennials struggling in the undergrowth and even edging that had been totally hidden.


This is one of those projects. If you squint and tilt your head, you can see that the photo below is actually of a very overgrown flower bed in a shady section of Hawk Hill:


Almost unrecognizable as a flower bed, this rock edged raised bed had nearly sunken back into the earth.


First I raked, then relocated the one lonely hyacinth & and a few sparse daffodils calling the shady spot home, then quickly used a Scuffle Hoe aka “Stirrup Hoe” aka “Push Pull Hoe” (aka FAVORITE GARDEN TOOL EVER!) to weed the bed. This hoe design makes it so a sharp blade is cutting under/through the roots of the plants, so you aren’t just using your energy to relocate a clump of dirt, but cutting under/through the dirt to loose it.

I used a hand weeder to leverage up the stones that had sunk significantly, refilled the hole with dirt, and resettled them. Already, weeding and refreshing the edging made a huge difference!


Next stop, perennial sale at Ozark Nursery in Joplin.  I knew that unlike the big box garden stores, a local nursery would have a much more diverse selection of hostas and be able to help me pick a mix that would be interesting and coordinating but diverse. Carefully timing my arrival for early Monday afternoon when I anticipated them to not be too busy, I found the garden center  not at all crowded and the staff very willing to help me select and and even design the layout of my new 8 foot round hosta bed- AND I got a free pair of gloves with my new hostas. (as if I needed more reasons to shop small businesses whenever I can!)




Loaded up with hostas!

I came home and tested the layout the nursery helped me plan:

1 giant Sun and Substance Hosta in the back which will be 24-36″ tall!

5 large Montana Hostas, which will be about 24″  tall, in a half moon around the giant

then a half moon of Lemon Lime hosts which will mature to  8-12″

& finally a staggered half moon of Lakeside Cupcake hostas in the front that will mature to  5″ tall and 12′ wide.
Then digging, lots of digging! and mulching, lots of mulching! And success:



The plant tags, for reference:

One thought on “Rejuvenating a Shady Raised Garden Bed for Hostas”

  1. I have a Formica table with wood legs that would be wonderful to redo preserving the wood of the legs which have a wood diamond carving and to do similar to your ugly table you turned around and looks fantastic! Do you buy pieces or redo them?

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