So this denial leads to my Summer ritual which involves moving these beasts to a more appropriate position in the garden without setting them back too much. Using a pitchfork loosens the roots without cutting them like a shovel would do. The tape helps to make digging and moving it easier and also keep the Hosta leaves upright so the roots can pump water up the stems.
What you will need for this:
1. A pitchfork or perennial fork-I prefer to use a pitch fork to move my plants I feel it causes less damage to the plants roots than using a shovel
2. A shovel to dig a new hole
3. Masking tape or painter's tape
4. An old belt with a D ring (or a piece of rope)
1. Dig a hole where the Hosta is going to go or prepare a container for the Hosta.
If you purchase a Hosta and are unsure of it's potential size here are some resources to help you : http://www.hostalibrary.org/ or you can visit some of the online retailers that specialize in Hosta-my favorite is Hallson's at http://www.perennialnursery.com/ I like Hallson's because there are forums where you can ask questions and you can search for Hosta and information by different categories like size, color, and name.
Just remember that Hosta are hard to kill-as one gardener once said : "Hosta can be run over by a car in the driveway...and they will survive" (Ken from Gardenweb). Believe it or not this statement is true. Hosta are very resilient perennials and can survive just about anything you do to them including moving them in them in the heat of Summer. So, if you need to move that Hosta, don't worry about it and just do it!
Until next time-Happy Planting!