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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Lots of hostas beginning with "P". Let's start with 'Pandora's Box' taken July 29. I've had mine since 2004 and it's struggling, but still hanging in there.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Paradise Island' new this year and picture taken June 20.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Patriot' taken July 29. I've have this one since Spring 2006 and it's generally done well, though I think the rain in May led to a bit of drawstringing this year.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Here's a 'Patriot' flower taken July 24.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Paul's Glory' taken July 18. Mine never gets as light in the centre of the leaves as some of yours do. I've had this one since summer 2004.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Peace' taken July 29. this one was new in 2010.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Here's a bloom on 'Peace' from August 9.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Peanut' taken July 8. This tiny plant was new spring 2008.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Peppermint Ice' July 29. This one was new spring 2006 and it's one of my favourites.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Peppermint Ice' flower July 24.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

A streaked sport of 'Pewterware', a gift from Sandy (Sanannie) in spring 2009. I will divide this one for security next year or even this autumn. This picture from Aug. 3

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Popo' - new to me mid-July and this picture was taken July 29.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Praying Hands' New spring 2007, but the first 3 years it was in a less than ideal location. Moved in 2010 and it's doing very well. This picture taken July 29. It bloomed a bit later but the bloom was hidden down in the leaves.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Proud Sentry' taken July 18. This one was new in 2010 and was slow to emerge this year.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Punky' was new spring 2005 and is a relatively slow grower. This picture taken June 29. It's a sport of 'Blue Wedgwood' and I grow them side by side. It bloomed this year - first time I've ever noticed a bloom but I had to look down amidst the foliage to see it; so I may have missed blooms in previous years.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Here's that bloom on 'Punky' taken August 9. Definitely not a hosta to grow for the flowers.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Does anyone have hostas beginning with Q? If so, post them here. I'm going to skip Q.

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Paradigm

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Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Pink Panther

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Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Pistache

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Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Prairie Sunset

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Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Pure Heart

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Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Paul's Glory

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Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Plantaginea

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

'Pink Panther' is one I didn't know about. And the 'Prairie Sunset' is really pretty too. Bet it will get too large for my garden though.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

I can not find 'Prairie Sunset' do you have any information on it?

'Pure Heart' is beautiful! I guess I could find room for one. :)

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

http://www.qandznursery.com/detail.asp?PlantID=1112 Prairie Sunset definitely too large for my garden, but pretty.

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

I was on a streaked hosta kick this year, and found Pink Panther. I think it's supposed to be unstable, so I'll have to keep an eye on it. Pure Heart is a mini. Should be able to find room for it in your gardens!

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Thank's for the link Ann, I did find it on Contrary Mary's and the size is 18x33 but on Q&Z the size is 18x40. This has been a problem for me in the past. Also Plantfiles will give you the spacing but won't come out and say how wide it is. Anyway another example is Queen of the Seas, on New Hampshire Hostas it is listed as 24x48 and on Contrary Mary's it is listed as 24x40. Country Boy's has Samual Blue listed as 19x25 New Hampshire is 19x50 and Frank say's his is 84 inches wide or more! Who do you believe?? I get conflicting information all the time about size and sun tolerance.

Ottawa, Canada

Great looking hostas everyone. Don't have 'Pureheart' yet, but it's on my wishlist for sure now. Rose, what's the substance like on 'Prairie Sunset'? I might be able to squeeze that one in. I'm still behind in planting new acquisitions but will play catch-up on posting pictures later.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

I think you don't believe anyone's sizes. They are all over the place. And often in the past, at least, plants were registered before the full size was known; so you can't count on that either. The other variable is growth rate. Some plants might, 20 years down the pike, get to be huge but have such a slow growth rate that it really doesn't matter for our gardens while others take off really fast and start to get too large for the space we've allowed way too soon.

It's not difficult in the spring to take a spade down the side of a clump that's getting too large or lift it and divide it up properly. And most of us have spent a lot of time moving hostas around as they grow.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Well, actually that is good to know or re-know because I wasn't that worried about it at first, I just bought what I wanted and I wasn't even worried about sun tolerance. I am always rearranging stuff anyway so thanks for the advice I was just getting too serious.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Bridgewood Gardens has a page on "planning the hosta garden" http://www.bridgewoodgardens.com/BOOK_PLAN.htm They say,

Quoting:
Planning Your hosta garden
...is, in my opinion, a total waste of time. Maybe garden plans are great if you're planting a perennial garden. And I'd certainly hate to try to plant one of those fancy herb gardens without drawing it all out on paper. The kind with all the little trimmed hedges that criss-cross each other back and forth... Nobody really does that anyway.

Hosta gardens are different. A real hosta garden can't be planned. A real hosta gardener always finds new plants every spring. And they're not in the plan. There's always something new you can't do without, or something you've been wanting for years that you finally found at a reasonable price. Oops, five new plants and no room in the plan. The plants just keep getting bigger and bigger and you have to move them to make room, and then someone comes along and talks you into dividing one cause they're too cheap to buy their own, and now you have a small plant in a big space. Planning supposes that at some time, everything will reach a cosmic equilibrium. Hosta gardens just don't do that. If you try to plan something like this, you will go insane. I've seen it happen!

The best way to design a hosta garden is to buy every hosta that you like, find some empty space in your garden, and start digging. The only comments I had for this garden was that there was still a lot of room for miniatures in the front, and of course I wondered what all that grass was for.

When you think you've run out of room, take a look at some of those old plants you picked up when you first started. Maybe it's time to dig up some of those old timers and give them away so you can replace them with some expensive new introductions. And of course, if you have any other perennials or shrubs in your garden, you can always get rid of that stuff.

And after you plant them, stand back and look at them for a while and if they don't look just right, move them. That's what real hosta gardeners do.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

That is so true! Thanks.

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Panache

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Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Paradigm, planted in 2009 from a gallon container. Plant is in nearly full sun and only lost a couple leaves to the heat and lack of rain this summer. Pic from August 10.

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Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Paradise Island, new this year. Was a very bright addition in the spring but now shows its summer colors. Pic taken August 10.

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Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Patriot, planted in 2009 as a single eye bare root plant. I love how this one stays upright, even though it looks similar to Francee, which was already in the garden. Pic taken August 10.

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Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Paul's Glory, planted in 2009 in a spot with lots of sun that bleached the leaves to parchment this summer. Moving it to the far end of the main portion of this bed, so it will only get dappled light next year. I like the hosta but would prefer more prominent margins with less washed out center leaves. Pic taken August 10.

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Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Queen of the Seas, acquired in 2009 (I think I went a little crazy that year, lol). Growing very well in a sunny bed but slightly shaded by a small tree. Pic taken August 10 after the plant has green up for the summer.

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