Hostas forum: Container Gardening with Hostas 2017

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Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
Aug 25, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Hello hosta lovers! We all love to share photos of our hostas growing in the garden setting, right? I mean, there are stunning photos in your gardens, gang! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.

Being that you all are so creative with your hosta gardens, I'm willing to bet that some of you just might have a container or two of hostas dotting your gardens, or other shady areas, for interest! So let's post some photos! Smiling I would love to see your creations! Group hug

I'll kick things off with my own. I'm all ears! I had hostas coming out of the woodwork, early on this year (2017), due to a tree removal and some dividing! Blinking I still had some left over in lined out pots, even after transplanting quite a few from around the old tree, and selling a couple. One day, after staring at a bare corner of my front porch, that has stumped me for 27 years D'Oh! , I finally had a 'light bulb moment'! (Obviously, these things don't come easy to me. Glare Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing ) I had extra decorative pots, so hey, let's plant hostas in them! Hurray! I found a way to fill that corner, making a vignette, including a couple other items like Pampas grass that I had to pot up (got them as plugs, and they wouldn't have survived in the garden without substantial roots Blinking ), and a fountain! So opportunity was on my side, and I took full advantage of it! Whistling Whistling Thumbs up

Front entry (please ignore the...ahem.....horrid looking stickers on the storm door! D'Oh! ) full shot:
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Close up of the corner, with 'Empress Wu' and, I think, 'Patriot' (not sure though):
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Not bad for a gal who constantly lives with 'designer's block', due to perpetual war between the right and left brain, huh?! Whistling Whistling Hilarious! I'm all ears!
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Aug 25, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Looks great Dana, well done! Love the pop of colour, the orange with the turquoise. Very eye catching at your front door. Funny how we can look at things day after day and then, poof, an idea pops into our head!
I have a grouping of containerized Hostas, but just regular old pots other than a recycled pool pump that is holding Sum and Substance for now. Eventually I plan to get them into the ground as they will soon out grow their pots but for now I will leave them be. I have an unheated but insulated shed where I stored them last winter and they did fine so back they will go once winter rears it's ugly head again!
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Aug 25, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Mine are all planted in the ground, so I'll just have to enjoy your photos!
Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
Aug 25, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Rose1656 said:Mine are all planted in the ground, so I'll just have to enjoy your photos!


That's okay Rose! Smiling

@DebbieC I tend toward the very unusual, in my taste. It's both a blessing and a curse! Makes it difficult to find things that I like, out of the mainstream of the decor industry. Rolling my eyes. So spray paint is my friend! I'm all ears! The fountain was a cobalt blue (which you can see peaking through the chipped turquoise paint in the front Glare ) Anyway, I love your vignette! The combination of foliage really works well!! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Sep 12, 2017 5:26 AM CST
Dana - nice hostas in pots, but you DO know, I hope, that 'Empress Wu' will very much outgrow the pot in time. The other one is not 'Patriot' (which has a white margin), but I'm not sure what it is w/o seeing it much more clearly.

I, myself, have lots of hostas in pots. I grow them in pots for awhile if I'm having trouble with them in the ground. Some seem to do better for me in pots. And I generally grow new ones in pots for a year or two while I contemplate where in the garden to put them. But in my zone, I need to bury those pots in my veggie garden for the winter or I lose about half of them.
Ann

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Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
Project Junkie & One Hit Wonder =P
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bloominholes2fill
Sep 16, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Yeah Ann, I have another 'Empress Wu' that's huge and will be divided next Spring. This isn't permanent by any stretch. Like you, I've been contemplating their homes in the garden! Smiling

Okay so, don't hold out on us, Ann! Let's see some photos! Whistling Whistling Green Grin!
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Sep 23, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Hosta photos or trip photos? For the hostas it's been a crappy year. Too much rain in the spring to get the ammonia-water treatment done. For some reason Linden trees in the area are dripping sticky stuff far worse than usual and many of my hostas are shaded by mine or by the neighbour's just over the back fence. All those hostas are covered in black sooty mold and are sticky and attracting lots of wasps. Yuck. And again with all the rain, lots of foliar nematodes in areas where I've never seen them before - even affecting hostas in pots. Glare Angry Hosta photos will take awhile to sort. But if you want trip pictures, https://violaann.smugmug.com/T...
Ann

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Sep 23, 2017 9:30 PM CST
Ann,

What a fascinating trip, have to profess ignorance but what is ammonia-water treatment?
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Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
Project Junkie & One Hit Wonder =P
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Region: Ohio Winter Sowing Composter Birds Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1
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bloominholes2fill
Sep 23, 2017 11:21 PM CST
ViolaAnn said:Hosta photos or trip photos? For the hostas it's been a crappy year. Too much rain in the spring to get the ammonia-water treatment done. For some reason Linden trees in the area are dripping sticky stuff far worse than usual and many of my hostas are shaded by mine or by the neighbour's just over the back fence. All those hostas are covered in black sooty mold and are sticky and attracting lots of wasps. Yuck. And again with all the rain, lots of foliar nematodes in areas where I've never seen them before - even affecting hostas in pots. Glare Angry Hosta photos will take awhile to sort. But if you want trip pictures, https://violaann.smugmug.com/T...


I was referring to hosta photos. I hadn't any idea you went on a trip... Smiling
"The grass is only greener where it's watered and fertilized." - Yours Truly
Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then you should ALWAYS be Batman! - Unknown
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Oct 1, 2017 7:50 PM CST
crawgarden said:Ann,

What a fascinating trip, have to profess ignorance but what is ammonia-water treatment?


Ammonia:water (1:10) will help control slugs on hostas. I try to apply it to the base of the plant when the plants are emerging as it will kill slugs and slug eggs.

I also use it again in autumn for the same reason, but it will also help a bit in the control of foliar nematodes if I saturate the soil around the plant with the mixture.

Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Oct 1, 2017 8:00 PM CST
Great, thanks!
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Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
Project Junkie & One Hit Wonder =P
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Region: Ohio Winter Sowing Composter Birds Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1
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bloominholes2fill
Oct 15, 2017 6:18 PM CST
ViolaAnn said:

Ammonia:water (1:10) will help control slugs on hostas. I try to apply it to the base of the plant when the plants are emerging as it will kill slugs and slug eggs.

I also use it again in autumn for the same reason, but it will also help a bit in the control of foliar nematodes if I saturate the soil around the plant with the mixture.



Ann, do you apply it any time between Spring and Fall, too?
"The grass is only greener where it's watered and fertilized." - Yours Truly
Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then you should ALWAYS be Batman! - Unknown
Dana
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
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ViolaAnn
Oct 15, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Hi,
I don't usually apply it as a drench, but I often go out after dark in August with a spray bottle or two and dispatch slugs. I also add some soap and dispatch earwigs.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

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