Hostas forum: I have come to appreciate Hostas

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Feb 8, 2015 2:57 PM CST
When I first moved into my old house it had Hostas out front, and ferns, in sun all day! I transplanted the ferns
to shade and a co-worker came and took the Hostas, man they were huge!!! I did not like them as they were just
green and took forever to shoot out a unimpressive flower. Now here I am at my new home wanting to plant some because of what I saw in my neighbor`s yard, she has a Hostas/Fern garden in her shady area and they look so pretty, and the Hostas are the variegated ones, which I do like compared to the plain green ones I don`t care for.
So now I appreciate what they can be when grouped with other types of plants, glad I saw my neighbor`s flower garden or I would of missed out! Shrug!
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 8, 2015 5:28 PM CST
Hostas are the perfect perennial for our growing zone since they are showing off for three seasons.
They come in all sizes, many colors and many variegations.
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 12, 2015 10:34 AM CST
Welcome, freedombel.

As Gerry said, hostas come in all sizes, shapes and many colours - several greens, blue, white, yellow and all sorts of combinations. You might want to check out the Hosta Library http://www.hostalibrary.org/ which has links to lots of information about hostas as well as many, many pictures.
Ann

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Feb 12, 2015 3:22 PM CST
Welcome Jerry.......there is a picture of some of my hostas on the multi-plant photos right now........
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Feb 12, 2015 4:02 PM CST
ViolaAnn said:Welcome, freedombel.

As Gerry said, hostas come in all sizes, shapes and many colours - several greens, blue, white, yellow and all sorts of combinations. You might want to check out the Hosta Library http://www.hostalibrary.org/ which has links to lots of information about hostas as well as many, many pictures.

Thanks, I only knew of 2, the pure green or the variegated, now I know! Thank You!

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Feb 13, 2015 6:32 PM CST

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Freedombel, Welcome to the addiction. Smiling There are many more hostas out there than just the "green or variegated" ones. The colors of the hostas can be so subtle as to entrance you in the gardens. But remember, don't over look the plain green ones, they too have their place. They will calm a busy garden and make it more relaxing and tranquil.


Here is a link to the Hosta Library http://www.hostalibrary.org/ Have fun looking at what you can find in the world of Hostas. Smiling

Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Feb 13, 2015 7:05 PM CST
My co-worker said she wants to dig up and give me some of hers this spring, I am all for saving some money, hey, freebies, I can
take what she gives me and buy the other varieties......only hope I can get them before the deer in her area eats them up!, she said
that is quite a problem she has there.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
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Cinta
Feb 14, 2015 1:59 AM CST
Linda you sound just like me. I hated hostas. I had a house that had 90% shade and when I moved in all they had was green hostas. I thought they were ugly and dug most of them out and planted flowers. Most of the flowers did not do well because of the shade. I started on the forums 20 yrs ago and saw all the people showing pictures of their Hosta gardens and I got hooked.

As if the colors were not pretty enough I discovered some had fragrant flowers. I traveled a lot and would return home in the evening and when the cab driver would walk me to the door with my luggage he would ask me what was that beautiful fragrance around my property. When I told him it was hostas he did not believe. After setting my luggage down I walked him around the back and showed him and told him to smell. He said he was going home and tell his wife to plant Hostas. It was Sept and he said he did not smell that fragrance around his house unless it was July and the Oriental Liles were in bloom.

I have deer problems. Even if the deer eat them and she is still willing to give them to you take them. They only eat the leaves and they will still grow plus if the leaves are gone they will be easier for you to move. They will probably loose the leaves when you dig them up or they will not look good anyway if you dig when they are fully sprouted. But they will grow back just as pretty and big next year.

I use the green hostas even in my sunny areas as ground cover to hide lily leaves, and other flowering plants that look so bad after the blooms are gone.

This is the bulb garden that I use the green hosta as a ground cover to hide the leaves when the plants are done blooming. I plant a lot of spring bulbs, summer bulbs and mini roses in between the hostas. The bed looks full all seasons.

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Feb 14, 2015 1:35 PM CST
Cinta, thanks for your input, and I really like your flower garden, so pretty!
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!

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