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Aug 3, 2020 1:24 PM CST
Name: Kim
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Hello!

So I have always absolutely loved Hostas, although I have never been able to properly grow any of them because they're always getting eaten (usually by deer). But we're now moving and there's a fenced-in garden area that I'm planning on putting some Hostas in, and I need some ideas, so what Hostas look the prettiest together?

Thank you so much and I appreciate any help.

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Aug 3, 2020 2:54 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Here's one of my favorite combinations of hosta. I like the blues and yellow mixed in among the greens.
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Aug 3, 2020 3:35 PM CST
Name: Kim
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Beautiful, rose! What Hostas are in there?
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Aug 3, 2020 6:35 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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The good thing if you do not like the combo, you can move them. 8000+ varieties, so lots of choice
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Aug 3, 2020 6:36 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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This group is Afterglow, Love Pat and Sun Power.
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Aug 3, 2020 6:45 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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I think we will all have different ideas on what goes together. I like the variegated and streaked ones the most but others might think it is to much. One friend looked at my streaked ones and asked what was wrong with them. Some like grouping of the same plant where I want each one to look different. I think the best thing to do is look at database to see which ones you like and to look at pictures of others gardens and like you did ask which ones they are. I agree with Rose Yellows and Blues always make each other look better.
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Aug 3, 2020 6:51 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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RJ I probably move mine to much thinking it will look better by something else or looks to much like the one next to it. Then I look from another direction and want to change my mind again.
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Aug 3, 2020 6:57 PM CST
Name: Kim
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crawgarden said:The good thing if you do not like the combo, you can move them. 8000+ varieties, so lots of choice


Wow! I didn't even know there were so many varieties!
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Aug 3, 2020 7:04 PM CST
Name: Rj
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I like to use color echos, but when it gets right down to it, if I like it I will get it and figure out the placement later.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Aug 3, 2020 7:12 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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I agree I will always find a spot for it.
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Aug 3, 2020 8:40 PM CST
Name: Kim
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True, because I was also planning on getting some Hostas to go by themselves on the three-deck porch (probably two or three Hostas per deck) that we're getting.
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Aug 9, 2020 6:55 PM CST
Name: Sammy
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You should consider the size of the mature plant. Some are very large and there are very small ones. A small hosta too close to a large one can get crowded out.
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Aug 9, 2020 7:08 PM CST
Name: Bea
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Hostas that mix and match can be a matter of height of mature hostas. I generally prefer the thicker blue green leaves with a heavy leaf that are twisted or corrugated or that have deep veins will cast a different color than hostas with smooth leaves. The slugs don't like them either... Hurray!

There are so many to choose from minis to giants. Each and every one are outstanding. So in my humble opinion I think any hosta combo to the individuals liking is fabulous.
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Aug 9, 2020 8:07 PM CST
Name: Kim
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eber1140 said:You should consider the size of the mature plant. Some are very large and there are very small ones. A small hosta too close to a large one can get crowded out.


Yes, that is definitely something I'll have to look into. I'm also going to try to find out which Hostas I like together, maybe by putting the pots together, before actually putting them in the ground.
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Aug 9, 2020 8:08 PM CST
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bumplbea said:Hostas that mix and match can be a matter of height of mature hostas. I generally prefer the thicker blue green leaves with a heavy leaf that are twisted or corrugated or that have deep veins will cast a different color than hostas with smooth leaves. The slugs don't like them either... Hurray!

There are so many to choose from minis to giants. Each and every one are outstanding. So in my humble opinion I think any hosta combo to the individuals liking is fabulous.


Definitely got to remember those ones the slugs don't like! Hilarious!
And I agree, I like the blue green ones as well. One of those'll be in the hosta combo for sure nodding
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Aug 9, 2020 11:19 PM CST
Name: Bea
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Kim....Your move is coming up soon. Planning for your garden early is a good idea . The fall is a good time of year to plant ornamental small trees . They will grow strong root systems over winter. In your new zone will you garden all year? In Oregon garden season is May thru Oct. the northern light is low and longer darker days slow growth as winter season starts.
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Aug 10, 2020 8:45 AM CST
Name: Kim
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No, we will not be gardening all year. We will have 141 days to garden.
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Aug 14, 2020 6:30 PM CST
Name: Ann
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So many ways to "plan" a hosta garden. And then you'll visit a nursery and in order to plant all the new ones, your planning goes out the window. But, I very much like to plant hostas that are inverse colours next to each other
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or colours that pick up colours in the adjacent hostas (or companion plants)
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And don't forget to include some solid colour hostas to give the eye a rest from the variegated ones. Then consider height, overall size, texture. And if it doesn't look right, move things around.
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Aug 14, 2020 8:23 PM CST
Name: Bea
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ViolaAnn said:So many ways to "plan" a hosta garden. And then you'll visit a nursery and in order to plant all the new ones, your planning goes out the window. But, I very much like to plant hostas that are inverse colours next to each other
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or colours that pick up colours in the adjacent hostas (or companion plants)
Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/6a6327
Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/5e45cd
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And don't forget to include some solid colour hostas to give the eye a rest from the variegated ones. Then consider height, overall size, texture. And if it doesn't look right, move things around.


Fantastic explanation.. and..your hosta garden is..."STUNNIN" I tip my hat to you. Lovey dubby
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Aug 15, 2020 4:43 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn said:So many ways to "plan" a hosta garden. And then you'll visit a nursery and in order to plant all the new ones, your planning goes out the window. But, I very much like to plant hostas that are inverse colours next to each other
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Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/2de1e8

or colours that pick up colours in the adjacent hostas (or companion plants)
Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/6a6327
Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/5e45cd
Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/fe28b3

And don't forget to include some solid colour hostas to give the eye a rest from the variegated ones. Then consider height, overall size, texture. And if it doesn't look right, move things around.


So much information packed in one post! Thank you so much Ann! I'll definitely remember to consider the things you mentioned. Also, your Hostas are so pretty!
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