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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Aug 3, 2020 1:24 PM CST
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

Here's one of my favorite combinations of hosta. I like the blues and yellow mixed in among the greens.
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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Aug 3, 2020 3:35 PM CST
Beautiful, rose! What Hostas are in there?
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crawgarden
Aug 3, 2020 6:35 PM CST
The good thing if you do not like the combo, you can move them. 8000+ varieties, so lots of choice
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Aug 3, 2020 6:36 PM CST
This group is Afterglow, Love Pat and Sun Power.
Name: Bob
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NJBob
Aug 3, 2020 6:45 PM CST
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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NJBob
Aug 3, 2020 6:51 PM CST
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.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Aug 3, 2020 6:57 PM CST
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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crawgarden
Aug 3, 2020 7:04 PM CST
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.
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NJBob
Aug 3, 2020 7:12 PM CST
I agree I will always find a spot for it.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Aug 3, 2020 8:40 PM CST
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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eber1140
Aug 9, 2020 6:55 PM CST
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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bumplbea
Aug 9, 2020 7:08 PM CST
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.
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Aug 9, 2020 8:07 PM CST
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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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Aug 9, 2020 8:08 PM CST
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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bumplbea
Aug 9, 2020 11:19 PM CST

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.
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Aug 10, 2020 8:45 AM CST
No, we will not be gardening all year. We will have 141 days to garden.
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ViolaAnn
Aug 14, 2020 6:30 PM CST
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.
Ann

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bumplbea
Aug 14, 2020 8:23 PM CST
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
Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/cc6bda
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.


Fantastic explanation.. and..your hosta garden is..."STUNNIN" I tip my hat to you. Lovey dubby
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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KFredenburg
Aug 15, 2020 4:43 PM CST
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
Thumb of 2020-08-15/ViolaAnn/cc6bda
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!
Love is patient and love is kind. Always be loving and kind to one another.
(Abridged from 1Cor. 13:4)
Let’s talk about Animal Fun Facts, Birds, Trees/Shrubs, or Oleanders!

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