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Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 20, 2010 11:25 AM CST
...do I need this hosta?

I've been seeing examples of it around my (small) town, all large and gorgeous. (At least I'm about 95% sure I've identified it properly--the leaf shape gives it away.) They all seem to be in some sun and the yellow margins are wide and very eye catching.

What are your experiences with Montana aureomarginata? Should I just hold out for a nice-sized 'Liberty,' instead?
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Name: Elizabeth
Iowa, zone 5a
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conifers
May 20, 2010 11:39 AM CST
I don't have one, but if you look in the center of the picture on Web Walkway's homesite, that is MA in the middle:
http://www.webwalkway.com/

I've seen the plant in person and it is very impressive! Also very different than Liberty. If you have the room, I would get both.
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
May 20, 2010 12:29 PM CST
I have 1 and love it!!!! It really started to take off this year... it is the 3rd year in my garden.



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Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 20, 2010 6:26 PM CST
conifers said:I've seen the plant in person and it is very impressive! Also very different than Liberty. If you have the room, I would get both.


Hehe, yeah...I think I will have both eventually. I actually didn't mean to imply that it looked like 'Liberty.' I was just thinking that if I was going to buy just one large yellow margined hosta with upright growth I wanted to pick the most vigorous one. I'm an impatient gardener. (Now, there's an oxymoron for ya!) Glare

I did pick up 'Liberty' today. I decided to drive out to a nursery I'd never been to before only to find that the nursery owner's yard was full of gorgeous hostas and she had shaded hoop houses filled with some of the best cultivars. Both 'Liberty' and 'Mighty Mouse' followed me home today, and wow...they're both gorgeous, well-grown plants. Thumbs up

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
May 21, 2010 6:56 AM CST
Karen
Montana Aureomarginata is one of my favorites in the spring. It definitely passes the ten foot rule easily. It continues to look great all season long in my garden. You should be able to pick this hosta up at a very reasonable price. Picture was taken 2 years ago in early May as it was unfurling.

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
May 21, 2010 7:04 AM CST
Here is another picture taken this spring. It isn't difficult to pick out the Montana.

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
May 21, 2010 7:17 AM CST
Liberty, on the other hand is only a couple of years old in our garden. So far it hasn't really impressed me much. It isn't much different than a dozen others we have in the garden. Hopefully over the next couple of years it will develop into the stunning hosta we expect it to be.

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
May 21, 2010 7:22 AM CST
Another Montana you might want to watch for is Montana Moonshine. This one is not as readily available yet , but I think it will really be a standout when it matures.

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Name: Elizabeth
Iowa, zone 5a
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conifers
May 21, 2010 7:55 AM CST
I really like 'Liberty' and it is one of my hubby's favorites. I bought mine as a single division off a large mature plant from Jim's Hostas. It has been doing well, still only a few eyes (three I think?) but large and impressive. Here is is a few weeks ago. Mine is in a rather dark part of the yard so the borders stay yellow-ish all season, but I'm okay with that.

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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 21, 2010 12:28 PM CST
Ohh I like the look of the Montana Moonshine -- when will that one become available?? Maybe a drive to Iowa with a shovel is in my near future... Whistling
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Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 21, 2010 12:50 PM CST
kitgary, those pictures clinch it--I need Montana Aureomarginata. Thumbs up

Montana 'Moonshine' is gorgeous, too. Definitely going to keep my eye on that one. I really do like the shape of the Montana hostas, too.
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 21, 2010 9:10 PM CST
I wish I had room for more LARGE hostas! I've got 'Liberty' and have seen a mature 'Liberty' and I'm afraid it will have to be IT for awhile. this is what it looked like last week. I can't believe that I somehow didn't take a pic of it yesterday when I got most of the rest.

Ann

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
May 22, 2010 5:00 AM CST
Like I said,Liberty is only a couple of years old in our garden. In the future we fully expect it to become a spectacular hosta. Another sport of Sagae that we have had longer and has had time to develop is H. Majesty definitely a standout this time of year.

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