Companion Plants for the Hosta Garden

By Paul2032
June 22, 2015

Hostas come in a great variety of colors, sizes, forms, and textures. A shady bed featuring only a number of well-chosen Hosta cultivars can provide great visual interest, but the addition of some companion plants can add to the overall beauty and diversity.

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Jun 22, 2015 7:27 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Great article. Can you please identify the Thalictrum type in the photo? TIA
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Jun 22, 2015 8:41 AM CST
Name: Paul
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Good morning Cindy. I am pleased that you enjoyed the article. The Thalictrum is in a friends garden and he didn't know what type of plant it is. I made the ID and hope that it is correct. I regret that I don't know what type it is. Are you familiar with the plant. It starts to bloom quite early and has a long bloom season.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Jun 22, 2015 10:02 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Could that be Anemonella thalicroides? If so, they grow well here and I let them self-sow in almost total shade.
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Jun 22, 2015 10:41 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Thanks Cindy....I think you are correct. Looking on google it seems like there is some confusion about the right name use.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Jun 22, 2015 12:14 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
I only know the plant by the name I purchased it under. Probably some confusion because the leaves look like Thalictrum (which I also grow) but are smaller. I'd be interested to know if it does have a different name. It is one of my favorite early bloomers here.
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Jun 22, 2015 3:00 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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I think Thalictrum is a generic name for a number of plants. I have seen the one in the picture referred to as Thalictrum amonella thalictroides and just Amonella thalictroides, or just amonella. All of this is above me Confused
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Jun 22, 2015 4:19 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Sometimes TMI on the botanical names? Smiling On a bad day I can get confused as well.
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Jun 22, 2015 7:02 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
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The genus Anemonella no longer exists. Its species were reclassified as species of Thalictrum many years ago.
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Jun 23, 2015 7:23 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
So the plant name is now Thalictrum thalictroides?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Jun 23, 2015 2:23 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Yes, as ridiculous as that sounds, it is the plant's name. It once was Anemonella thalictroides, which meant "Anemonella resembling a Thalictrum," but then the genus was reclassified as Thalictrum, so the name now means "Thalictrum resembling a Thalictrum." Hilarious!
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Jun 23, 2015 3:02 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
I did think the new botanical name was rather redundant. I think it was the only species in the genus Anemonella. Read that it was changed in 1957 but I sure didn't buy my plants that long ago.Thanks, zuzu, for that information.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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