Hosta is a very attractive plant that grows well in many soil conditions and requires little maintenance. However, those who live in areas that are prone to deer should avoid including these leafy plants in their gardens. Deer love the large succulent leaves of the hosta plant and they will ravage the area of the yard where these plants are located.
Hosta is a very spreading plant that grows quickly from one year to the next. The leaves may be plain green or variegated dark green and cream. During late summer, white or lavender colored blooms appear at the end of long scapes that grow to about 31 inches. The blooms die off in a few weeks and the scapes can be trimmed, leaving the flourishing green leaves as a focal point.
There are approximately 45 species of hostas and their leaves vary in size from about one to fifteen inches long and one to twelve inches wide. These plants make an excellent ground cover and grow best in partially shady spots that get morning sun. This perennial is low maintenance and will reach full maturity within four to eight years.
Some people love hostas and cannot bear to leave them off the planting list. They are taking their chances when it comes to the plant being eaten by deer. One thing these gardeners can do is spray the underside of the leaves with a deer repellent spray. This may be enough to keep some deer from snacking, but hungry deer are still bound to take a nibble.
When the goal is to keep deer out of the garden or yard, hosta should not be planted. Many gardeners have witnessed deer jumping fences to snack on the hosta plants in the yard. Deer will not stop at munching the leaves of just one hosta, they will go back to the buffet with their friends. If the gardener insists on planting hostas in an area prone to deer, repellent sprays and other deterrent methods, such as planting deer repellent plants between the hostas, should be used.