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Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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skits
Jun 27, 2018 12:03 PM CST
Yesterday I stopped at a local store because they had their plants 40% off. Thought I'd just see if they had any hostas I didn't have. I found two. Paul's Glory and Wide Brim. I just checked and a mature Paul's Glory is 25 inches tall and 55 inches wide! Then I checked the Wide Brim and it's 18 inches with a spread of 24-36 inches. I don't know what I was thinking. I already have two Sum and Substance that pretty much fill all the space available. And a "Big Mama" (not sure if that's a correct name) that's just as large. I love large hostas, but really wasn't thinking of getting more quite that large. Guess I'll just have to make another garden area LOL.
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plantmanager
Jun 27, 2018 12:11 PM CST
This sounds familiar, Rolling on the floor laughing . Enjoy!
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Jun 27, 2018 12:20 PM CST
Yes, Paul's Glory deserves another garden, or more since they are easily divided.
Here is one of mine at the foot of a rhododendron that is more than 40 years old.



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Paul's Glory does tend to burn in bright sunlight. My plants face east and get mostly morning sun.

I have Wide Brim too, but is is planted near a thirsty tree, so it struggles and remains small.
Carol H. Sandt

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skits
Jun 28, 2018 10:07 AM CST
Wow, they're beautiful! I ended up putting mine in a garden that is overgrown with stuff (it was my first garden, years ago). I'm hoping it will overwhelm some of the stuff already there. It's in the west, but doesn't get sun for long. My shade is all in the west, and my other hostas do fine. If it doesn't do well I'll move it. I'm trying to move toward hostas and heucheras and keep just some tidy flowering things. Getting old. Next year (which I said last year) I'm going to divide my big mama and sub and substance, so I'll be able to fill that garden in no time. My neighbor will appreciate it too, as some of my plants like to travel under the fence. Thanks for all the pictures. I'm excited to watch this grow. About 5-7 years I bet?
Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Jun 28, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Yes, about 5-7 years sounds about right.

Also, I was wrong about Wide Brim. It is doing fine and is within the maximum size rangeg you mentioned. So it is not harmed by tree roots after all, at least in my experience. Smiling
Carol H. Sandt

“I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” — Fourth grader quoted in “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv.
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skits
Jun 28, 2018 10:17 AM CST
I have a lot of hostas around my trees. Only hard part (because they're very old maples) is trying to get a decent sized hosta between the protruding roots. So far (when hubby doesn't mow them down because they're so little) they're doing well and becoming visible to the mower. I convinced him if he'd just be careful for a couple years he wouldn't even have to worry about getting close to the tree. I have a ton of patriot type (my least favorite type of hosta) so I just put them around everything or in nooks that are hard to mow. If he does clip them a bit I don't care. My prized ones are protected from him and his machine. Just not the dogs.
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Jun 28, 2018 10:33 AM CST
Here is a Hosta/tree root planting combination that I saw and loved at the Barnes Arboretum, which has an excellent collection of hostas:

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Carol H. Sandt

“I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” — Fourth grader quoted in “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv.
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crawgarden
Jun 28, 2018 10:01 PM CST
Beautiful arrangement Carol!
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skits
Jun 29, 2018 2:47 PM CST
I love that tree. It's so interesting! Here's my pics of my enormous tree.

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The bare part is open because the Sum and Sumstance isn't mature yet. I just put that area in last year and hesitate to put much there. The other pics are all mature (droopy with the 95 degree heat) that I really should get in there and cull. They used to have a pattern, but I keep adding. There's a door in the picture about four feet away, which gives you an idea just how large this tree is. And old. I hope it remains as long as I do.
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
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csandt
Jun 29, 2018 3:28 PM CST
@skitts,
Your hosta/tree gardens are lovely! What a formidable tree is hosting all those hostas in its shade. I hope it lives a long time.

I lost three large old Norway maples and two English walnut trees that died all of a sudden for unknown reasons. I have another huge Norway maple that was showing signs of distress several years ago, and a master gardener suggested treating it with a systemic product made by Bayer. It has looked much happier ever since I treated it.
Carol H. Sandt

“I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” — Fourth grader quoted in “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv.

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