Beating the slugs

Get the blues: H. Canadian Blue.
Get the blues: H. Canadian Blue.
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Start your campaign in mid-February with Sinclair Growing Success Advanced Organic Slug Killer.

I’ve also heard of successes with home-made garlic spray!

Surrounding plants with coffee grounds, eggshells and beer traps are other organic methods, as is copper tape around pots.

Here’s some of the best slug-resistant varieties:

* Sum And Substance: big ridged and wrinkled golden leaves, lilac flowers, 1m.

* H. sieboldiana var elegans: stiff, puckered leaves, lilac-tinged white flowers, 60cm.

* One Man’s Treasure: glossy, rippled dark green leaves, purple-spotted stems and seedpods, 35cm.

* Devon Green: dark, polished leaves, 45cm.

* Praying Hands: waxy, white-edged dark leaves, pale lavender flowers, 45cm.

* Sleeping Beauty: blue-grey pointed leaves with creamy margin, lavender flowers, 40cm.

* Stepping Out: blue-green plump leaves with gold margins, white flowers, 40cm.

* Toy Soldier: blue, heart-shaped leaves with a two-tone margin, lime in deep shade, cream in brighter conditions, lavender flowers, 40cm.

* Dorset Blue: heart-shaped, powdery blue leaves, large white flowers, 25cm.

* Blue Mouse Ears: rounded, blue leaves, with large, almost double flowers in pale lilac, 15cm.

And if that’s not enough, look these ones up: Blue Wedgwood; Canadian Shield; Leather Sheen; Krossa Regal; Halcyon; Queen Josephine; Blue Moon; Love Pat; Blue Dimples; Hadspen Blue; Camelot; Blue Arrow; Tokudama; Sweet Jill; Sweet Marjorie; Sweet Standard; Sweet Susan; Sweet Winifred.

; Blue Angel; Northern Halo; Grey Ghost; Venus; White Knight; Robert Frost; Northern Exposure; Olive Bailey Langdon; Blue Dimples; Blue Whirls; Wide Brim; Zounds; Great Expectation; Regal Splendor; Sea Lotus Leaf; Snow Cap; Sun Power; Super Nova; June; Bold Ruffles; Blue Mammoth; Joseph; Guardian Angel; August Moon; Big Daddy; Aspen Gold; Fragrant Blue; Blue Shadows; Christmas Tree; Night Before Christmas; Paul’s Glory; Pineapple Upside Down Cake; Sun Power; September Sun.

GASTROPODS – slugs and snails – are the bane of a hosta’s life, but there are varieties they’re not as keen on, especially those with blue or thick, puckered leaves.