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.
Let's see YOUR pictures of hostas beginning with "P"
'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.
Does anyone have hostas beginning with Q? If so, post them here. I'm going to skip Q.
'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.
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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http://www.qandznursery.com/detail.asp?PlantID=1112 Prairie Sunset definitely too large for my garden, but pretty.
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!
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.
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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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.
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.
Bridgewood Gardens has a page on "planning the hosta garden" http://www.bridgewoodgardens.com/BOOK_PLAN.htm They say,
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.
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.