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'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queen Josephine, acquired and planted last year whereupon the bunnies promptly ate all but two tiny eyes. I transplanted those eyes to a new bed this year in the hopes of encouraging more growth. Pic taken August 12.
Ann that Bridgewood statement is right on. I took a large reversion off of Titanic this year, ie Sum and Substance, It left a large hole in the bed,but on the other hand the reversion found a place too. I certainly wasn't going to destroy a large Sum and Substance, which by the way still has one large Titanic leaf attached. It will be interesting to see what it does next year.
I know this looks awful, but here's a PSA on what happens to Pineapple Upsidedown Cake when it's planted in too much sun. I relocated it yesterday and have hopes it will look beautiful again next spring.
This is my second 'Paradise Joyce' purchased this year for $10.00 CDN. It is now larger than the one i bought in 2009, mainly because of root competition, this hosta has under this particular evergreen with pendulous branches.
Prairie Moon just came home with me Friday night. Still deciding on where it will go.
I had actually bought a replacement August Moon for mine that ended up being something else, but exchanged it for this. So far, I already love it more! Listed as 16 high by 31 tall and brighter in spring (as many are). Seems plenty bright to me right now. Red flecks on petioles, which I hadn't even noticed, and sets viable seed.
'Potomac Pride' is a large, dark green that looks really nice between 'Sum & Substance' and 'Love Pat'. This is one that I've had for several years, and never hear much about from others. Does anyone else have this one? It's always one of the first to go down in the fall, but it gets a beautiful golden color!
One of my plantaginea finally bloomed this year =) Too bad I'm in the middle of transplanting them from their scattered locations to the same new bed. I acquired several from a co-worker two years ago and a couple from a trade the previous year. I think they loved the heat we had and hope they don't pout too much next year.
Lovely 'Prairie Moon', Eleven. As you bought it yellow at this time of year, I assume that it is yellow all season. Love that. Also 16" high and 31" wide. Right? It's going on my list. If 'Plantaginea' gets huge, you've helped me identify one of my hostas that I acquired 30 years ago.