More Than Just a Sea of Green

By Paul2032
June 24, 2015

There was a time when the Hostas available to the average gardener were predominantly shades of green with an occasional one that was gold or bluish. That is not true today, as the work of some dedicated hybridizers and mutations from Mother Nature have given us a wider palette of hosta colors to choose from. Careful selection of some of the lovely cultivars available today can make the Hosta Garden something more than a sea of green.

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Jun 24, 2015 3:23 AM CST
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Jun 24, 2015 5:28 AM CST
Name: Jasmin
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Paul, your hostas are lovely and you inspired me to try them in containers. Thumbs up

What would you suggest for Zone 5? How big containers? I have lots of slugs, so I need hostas with thicker leaves. What are good cultivars that can overwinter in containers in Zone 5? Please advise. Thanks a lot.
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Jun 24, 2015 8:10 AM CST
Name: Cindy
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Nice arrangement of foliage colors. A "must" for summer shade gardens.
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Jun 24, 2015 8:20 AM CST
Name: Paul
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Jasmin......Choose containers made out of a lighter man made material. I stay away from pottery usually. Pick pots that flare out at the top so that when you want to replant in a few years you can get the plants out more easily. I like containers in good proportion to the Hosta. Allow for a few years growth. As to which plants to choose it takes a little experimentation. My Praying Hands died the first winter in a container but friends have large plants of PH prospering in pots. I've had Pilgrim in an urn for several years. Others I like are Wheee', Goodness Gracious, Blue Mouse Ears......the choice is endless......again experiment. Good luck.
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Jun 24, 2015 8:59 PM CST
Name: Jasmin
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Thank You!
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