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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 15, 2017 8:45 PM CST
Is hosta a good choice for a bed that is north facing, never gets direct sun and always stays kind of damp?
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jan 16, 2017 10:02 PM CST
That would be an excellent spot for hostas!
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 17, 2017 7:21 AM CST
Thanks Rj! Any suggestions for an interesting one that is zone 8 hardy?
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jan 17, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Lots of great Hostas, check out https://www.hostahosta.com Green Hill hostas are located in Franklinton, NC. Site has lots of great pictures to make a good decision. The owners are more than willing to discuss any question you have, considering the hosta selection, great people.

Additionally if you go to the top of the NGA site, select Tools & Apps-Green Pages- Hostas, it will bring up a number of different Hosta emporiums. https://garden.org/greenpages/...
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 18, 2017 6:19 AM CST
Thanks for the link and info!
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jan 20, 2017 8:31 AM CST
There's also a great list by Don Rawson on hosta library website. After reading about Bob Axmear passing away, I'm not sure what will happen this site now. It was my "go to" site for pictures and information about hostas.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 20, 2017 2:09 PM CST
Thanks Rose!
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Feb 3, 2017 1:40 AM CST
I thought of this post when I was reading about the fragrant. This is what one of the posters said has been amazing in her zone 8/9 garden

Avocado, Fried Bananas, Fried Green Tomatos, Holy Mole, Hot Green Chilies, Jade Stone, Mariachi, Paradise Sunshine, Quesadilla, AND Stained Glass.

I have read before that most of the fragrant hosta do good in warm zones.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 3, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Thanks!
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Eastern Massachusetts (Zone 5b)
jsf67
Feb 3, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Last year, both rabbits and deer developed a sudden taste for hostas in my neighborhood and destroyed all of it in everyone's garden. That was after years of hostas being a popular garden choice in this neighborhood with rabbits not evident at all and deer crossing the front yards (where all hostas were) too timidly to eat, and eating in back yards. 2017 I'll use deer and rabbit repellent before it happens (2016 was the first time I used any and that was too late for Hostas).

My point is the sudden damage in a single night can be massive. You don't become aware of the problem in time to deal with it. If you might have a deer or rabbit problem, you may want to protect the hostas before you know you have a problem.

The rabbits apparently bite through the stems right above ground level and that is all they eat, so they just leave the cut off leaves around the plant.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Feb 3, 2017 9:43 AM CST
In my experience Hostas do best when they receive morning or evening sun or broken sun during the day......just enough that they don't burn. They languish in deep shade, I would suggest that you try a few less expensive ones and see how they do. An area that is constantly most may be just what snails and slugs love........
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 3, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Thanks for the 'heads up' Paul & jsf.
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 28, 2017 8:42 PM CST
Rose - Hosta Library was more-or-less taken over by a others a few years ago; so I'm quite sure it will be OK.

As far as that North bed, I'd certainly try hostas there, but bear in mind that hostas need good drainage AND they need some light - often more than we give them credit for. You might be more successful with blue hostas unless it's got plenty of indirect light.
Ann

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 28, 2017 8:59 PM CST
Thanks Ann - I'll keep that in mind.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Mar 10, 2017 1:12 AM CST
I hope you do not regret asking. In your zone I bet one hour of sin is like four hours of sun in my zone. I have done a lot of travel and my sister relocated to a zone 8 and she is discovering the difference of the strength of the sun in her new zone. Very different than lower zone. You will notice some plant instruction suggest even full sun plants should be in more shade in the higher zones.

So I said all that to say what you think as shade will be our part sun in lower zones. We can only tell you our experience in our lower zones. Additionally because of your higher temps the moisture will save your hostas in the summer. My sister had to move her hotas to as less sun as she could find and had to water them every day in the summer.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 10, 2017 6:59 AM CST
@Cinta,
I passed up a lot of opportunities to make some jokes about one hour of sin in my beds being like four hours in more northern zones! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
But down here the sun is really harsh on Hostas.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Mar 10, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Seedfork said:@Cinta,
I passed up a lot of opportunities to make some jokes about one hour of sin in my beds being like four hours in more northern zones! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
But down here the sun is really harsh on Hostas.



I had to stop and think about it, too! *Blush*
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Mar 10, 2017 1:22 PM CST
Seedfork said:@Cinta,
I passed up a lot of opportunities to make some jokes about one hour of sin in my beds being like four hours in more northern zones! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
But down here the sun is really harsh on Hostas.


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I am to old for this on screen typing. I will leave it though because we need a laugh in the garden
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
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Xeramtheum
Mar 10, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Well the area of which I speak maybe gets 1 hour of sun starting around 8 am.
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