A couple of years ago I visited Mark Roberts at Stafford Lake Nursery who has, I believe, the country's largest selection of Hostas. It's worth a visit as he has a lovely nursery in the woods near Woking. I was impressed by what I saw and quickly realised that Hostas, once you had an eye for them, were the kind of plant you could get hooked on. Their lush leaves and subtle tones and textures of green, blue and yellow are really something. So I came away with three which I duly planted.
The first year our local snails were impressed too and feasted so thoroughly I thought I'd lost the plants. However, I persevered and moved them to a more shady spot, where they have flourished (photo: Hosta 'Paul's Glory'). We have just as many snails where I moved them, but maybe it's a case of the plants 'hardening' as they grow and/or being stronger in more shade.
So, emboldened, I am now planning a raised Hosta bed, 6m x 1m, in part shade in full view of our kitchen windows. I'd like a choice selection with as much interest through the year as possible. Any recommendations please.
Also advice on the best ground preparation for healthy plants and to deter snails (who you'll see from my photo have not entirely given up!) would be very welcome. Organic preferred please.