A meadow of brightly colored perennials blooms happily along the road
leading to the house, welcoming garden visitors. A stunning green and
white border of Hosta ‘Patriot’ beckons like a beacon, encouraging
visitors to proceed through the arbor on the right. And then, wow! Huge
hosta clumps and spectacular grasses are displayed on either side of a
winding flagstone walkway. Tiny mini hostas encourage guests to pause
and look more closely. Paths lead visitors down the hill, to discover
one exciting vista after another.
Take time to climb four steps to the upper level of the
rustic backyard timber walls, with its small circle walk through dense
ferns and hostas. Here you can find ‘Alex Summers’, ‘Captain
Kirk’ and several of the popular minis.
Since they moved here in 1985, these avid gardeners have planted
hundreds of hostas, ferns, variegated Solomon seals, astilbes,
daylilies and ligularia. Myriads of other companion plants are
interspersed liberally throughout the hosta-filled grounds. Massive
Joe Pye weed, tall Rudbeckia and huge hostas that thrive in the sun
can be found at the foot
of the hillside.
Buckthorn and weeds on the school property at the foot of
the hill have been replaced with welcoming gardens as a gift for all
to enjoy. Take advantage of the benches placed throughout the property
to sit and drink in the beauty created here.
A spectacular row of the green and white
greeted us as we approached the home of Julie Carley and Gary
Mosiman. Seventy-five beautiful specimens – each 3 feet wide -
outlined the manicured front yard and served as an appetizer of
what was to come. We walked through the arbor beside the house,
down the flagstone path with huge clumps of hostas on both sides,
stopped to enjoy a bed of well-grown minis and then looked up to
take in the spectacular vistas that unfolded in all directions.
It was instantly apparent that this was a garden
created by two people who love hostas, have a great eye for
design, and are meticulous in every detail. Julie and Gary moved
into their house 25 years ago. One year later, they received a
gift of their first hosta – Hosta 'Lancifolia'. Since then, they
have created a tiered hillside 
with paths that lead from one
beautiful part of the garden to the other.
As you pause and look around, great vistas reveal an
outstanding combination of beautiful design; a repetition of
curving forms and splashes of color, creating a perfect palette
that Monet would have loved to paint from. First and foremost,
this is a garden of finely grown hostas. ‘Patriot’ from
the front garden is repeated 
in the back, helping to unify the
landscape, tying it all together.
The owners’ favorite,
‘Majesty’ , stands as a beacon in the middle of the back border of the
yard. Other favorites include ‘On Stage’ , ‘Olive Branch’
‘Thunderbolt’  (Best Single Clump Nominee), ‘St. Paul’
 and ‘Blue
Without You’ 
– a blue version of ‘Striptease’ given to Julie and
Gary six years ago. On a cloudy, gloomy morning, the garden glows with
light and color. The rain the night before has left the garden beautifully
washed and gleaming.
The perfect hosta garden includes the creative use of
companion plants, and Julie and Gary have accomplished that to perfection.
The mixture of companion plants enhances the hostas in every way.
Variegated Solomon’s seals, daylilies, astilbes, and ferns dot the
landscape. The standout, however, is the mass use of ligularia. It is
difficult for this writer from St. Louis, who has killed every ligularia
he has ever planted, to experience the use of ligularia as a ground cover.
A comment overheard in the garden was, “I have been in swamps that had
less ligularia - absolutely beautiful.”
As you sit on the bench at the top of the hill next to Julie
and Gary’s house – one of many benches positioned throughout the
garden – you take in a well-manicured, well-landscaped panorama, rich in
texture and color and filled with hostas that impress you with their size
and quality. It is peaceful, tranquil, inviting – a view that one could
enjoy for hours.
As that luxury was not possible today, I asked my fellow
travelers, on our way to the next garden, to write their impressions of
the garden they just visited. Their comments were justifiably glowing:
“Beautiful, beautiful, I felt I was in “Hosta Heaven”; “Hosta
Paradise”; “Fantastic – just what every hostaholic wants to have”.
The comment that stood out, however, was overheard in the
garden by Kay Wolfe – “Now this is what a hosta garden should look
Who could argue with that?