8 Great Reasons to Grow Hostas

hosta plant


Hostas do not get nearly enough attention for being the amazing plants they are. They are so simple to grow and can provide endless beauty for your yard. Aside from their easy care and beauty, there are even more reasons to grow these wonderful perennials. Look below at these 8 great reasons to grow hostas, and see why this is a plant you should add to your yard this gardening season.

8 Great Reasons to Grow Hostas

Hostas are affordable

One of the best things about hostas is they are affordable for all budgets. You can find seedlings for as little as a few bucks at your local garden center, Lowes or Home Depot. You may even find well matured hostas for around five bucks. This allows you to cover a great deal of space even if you are pinching pennies.

Hostas can be FREE!

Have a friend that has hostas? They are simple to divide ie, free plants! In the spring or fall, divide existing hostas into more plants. To divide hostas, simply dig up the entire clump of the mature plant from the ground (use a shovel). Use a sharp knife to cut the roots of the plant into sections. Wash the soil from the roots before re-planting. click here for an in-depth video on how to divide a hosta.

Hostas do well in low light situations

If you live in an area that gets more shade than sunlight, do not worry. Hostas will thrive in the shade (not deep shade, however) They do not require long lengths of sunshine to grow well, so they are ideal for shadier gardens.

Hostas can do well in the sun

While hostas are generally considered shade plants, there are varieties that do well in part-sun situations. Check the hostas you are buying. Hostas varieties with thicker leaves tend to tolerate the sun better.

Hostas offer shade for beneficial bugs

Because hostas are low to the ground and spread out, they offer shade for beneficial bugs to take a break from the heat. Bugs such as preying mantis and ladybugs love hostas as they provide an umbrella of sun protection.

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Hostas will triple their size in just a few years

If you want bang for your buck, hostas are it! For just a few bucks you can buy a plant that triples in size in just a year or two. They cover space quickly, making them ideal to fill in large garden spaces and hard to fill places.

Hostas survive even if you have a not so green thumb

Hostas are very forgiving. You do not need to be a master gardener to grow them. As long as they get regular water and are planted in well-draining soil, they will thrive. They are ideal if you are not home to maintain your yard often, or if you want some lovely plants but just do not have the time to fuss with them.

Hostas come in dozens of varieties

Most people think hostas just come in basic green leaves and are therefore dull and boring. But the truth is you can find them in all sorts of shades of green, white, silver, blue tones, and even flowering. Create an entire hosta garden of all the various kinds and see how much of an assortment there really is!

So in conclusion, hostas are a great value plant. They are inexpensive, can fill in large bare spots in your garden fairly quickly, like the shade, and can tolerate a little benign neglect. Now is the time to consider hostas. Consider all of these reasons to grow hostas and see what wonderful plants they are!

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Central Coast Cocktail Recipe

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion – of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste – light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe

One of the best aspects of this recipe is that it is simple to follow, but tastes as though it was complicated to make. With several different kinds of alcohol and some delicious fruit options to go along with it you can “wow” your family and friends with this fabulous, yet simple to prepare cocktail recipe.

If you are looking for a unique cocktail recipe this summer, this Central Coast Cocktail is the one that you will want to try. Perfect for one, or multiply the recipe for many – just leave out the club soda and top all drinks right before serving.

Notes:

• “Muddle” sounds odd, but all you are doing is basically smushing mint, spices or fruits to release more of the flavor. You can use a muddler or some other smashing tool (mortar and pestle) to mash fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a glass or bowl.

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


Central Coast Cocktail Ingredients:

• 10 fresh Raspberries, divided
• 10 fresh Blueberries, divided
• Ice
• 1 Lemon Slice
• 1 oz White Rum
• ½ oz Tequila
• ½ oz Amaretto
• 2 oz Cranberry Juice
• 2 oz Club Soda
• Mint Sprig, for garnish

Central Coast Cocktail Mise en Place:

Muddler
• Tall Cocktail Glass
Jigger
Cocktail Shaker
• Cocktail Spoon

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


Central Coast Cocktail Directions:

• In a small bowl or glass add 5-6 raspberries and 5-6 blueberries.
• Muddle the fruit together.

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


• Add the mashed berries to a tall cocktail glass.

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


• Fill glass half-way with ice.
• Add remaining whole raspberries and blueberries, and a slice of lemon to the glass.

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


• In a cocktail shaker add together white rum, tequila, amaretto, and cranberry juice. Shake to combine.

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


• Pour into the cocktail glass.

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


• Add two ounces of club soda; stir lightly.
• If there is room, fill with ice (if desired).

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


• Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
• Serve immediately.


Central Coast Cocktail Recipe

Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion – of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste – light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.

Prep Time: 3 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

10 fresh Raspberries, divided
10 fresh Blueberries, divided
Ice
1 Lemon Slice
1 oz White Rum
½ oz Tequila
½ oz Amaretto
2 oz Cranberry Juice
2 oz Club Soda
Mint Sprig, for garnish

Directions:

• In a small bowl or glass add 5-6 raspberries and 5-6 blueberries.
• Muddle the fruit together.
• Add the mashed berries to a tall cocktail glass.
• Fill glass half-way with ice.
• Add remaining whole raspberries and blueberries, and a slice of lemon to the glass.
• In a cocktail shaker add together white rum, tequila, amaretto, and cranberry juice. Shake to combine.
• Pour into the cocktail glass.
• Add two ounces of club soda; stir lightly.
• If there is room, fill with ice (if desired).
• Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
• Serve immediately.

Makes 1 serving Central Coast Cocktail

Central Coast Cocktail Recipe. Prepare yourself for the taste bud explosion - of the best kind – that this Central Coast Cocktail has to offer! One of the most outstanding qualities of this cocktail recipe is that it tastes just as you would imagine a summer drink should taste - light, bubbly and 100% refreshing. This yummy Central Coast Cocktail Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with a touch of fresh mint flavor. Simply delightful.


• To print the Central Coast Cocktail recipe click here.

Like a few more wonderful summer cocktails? You might enjoy these:

Blueberry Breeze Cooler – Quench your thirst with this adult lemonade cocktail. A deliciously refreshing adult libation, the Blueberry Breeze Cooler goes down smoothly.

• This High Tide Cocktail will remind you of warm summer days and fun times on the beach. A sweet, delicious rum cocktail with a touch of Midori citrus, the high tide is a fabulous adult libation.

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail Recipe – If you liked Orange Creamsicles as a kid, try this Orange Creamsicle for adults! Easy to make, this creamy and smooth cocktail is simply delicious.


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Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

Years ago Hubby and I took a trip to Italy. We spent a short while in Rome and a day at the Vatican and went on to Sorrento, Italy where we stayed for a few days. We LOVED it there! So much so that we hope to be able to go back and winter there at least once. It was absolutely beautiful.

Mt Vesuvius


That is a photo of Mt Vesuvius that I took from our Sorrento hotel rooftop restaurant one day.

The Amalfi Coast, Italy; The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. Known for hosting the rich and famous, Amalfi is beautiful, fairly isolated, and crowded!


Sorrento Italy is where Limoncello originated. On our trip, we were given a family recipe for Limoncello that was very, very, VERY strong.

Tiered gardens were growing all over the Amalfi countries side. In Sorrento, the lemons and oranges would fall off the trees onto the ground they were so plentiful. Our hotel had lemon trees growing next to the sidewalk and parking lot!! We saw a lot of neighborhood lemon and orange trees in our neighborhood in Florida when we owned our condo, but nothing like what we saw in Sorrento and on the Amalfi coast!

So, why not combine some Italian with American and get a Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail recipe? I hope you enjoy!

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Ingredients:

• Lemon Slices
• Lime Slices
• 1 oz Bourbon
• ½ oz Citron Vodka
• ½ oz Limoncello Liquor
• 3 oz Lemonade
• 2 oz Ginger ale
• Mint Sprigs for garnish

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Mise en Place:

• Cocktail Glass (10oz+)
Jigger
Cocktail Shaker

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Directions:

• Add ice to a 10 ounce (or larger) cocktail glass.
• Add a lemon and a lime slice.

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


• In a cocktail shaker combine bourbon, vodka, limoncello, and lemonade. Shake to combine.

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


• Pour the liquor mixture into the prepared glass.

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


• Top off with ginger ale.

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


• Garnish with lemon, lime and, fresh mint.
• Serve.


Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.

Prep Time: 3 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

Ice
Lemon Slices
Lime Slices
1 oz Bourbon
½ oz Citron Vodka
½ oz Limoncello Liquor
3 oz Lemonade
2 oz Ginger Ale
Mint Sprigs for garnish

Directions:

• Add ice to a 10 ounce (or larger) cocktail mixing glass.
• Add a lemon and a lime slice.
• In a cocktail shaker combine bourbon, vodka, limoncello, and lemonade. Shake to combine.
• Pour the liquor mixture into the prepared glass.
• Top off with ginger ale.
• Garnish with lemon, lime and, fresh mint.
• Serve.

Makes 1 serving Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail

Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail Recipe. The sweet-tart taste of lemon and bourbon combine for to make a perfect summertime cocktail. Fresh, clean, and citrusy with just a hint of beaches and sunshine, this delightful Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail is a fabulous summer beverage.


• To print the Sorrento Sunrise Cocktail recipe click here.


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