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RE: What hostas are looking good in your garden today? (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: DelawareDonna on 07.28.2014 at 10:19 pm in Hosta Forum

My Grove of Fried Bananas


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RE: What hostas are looking good in your garden today? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: ruth_mi on 07.28.2014 at 08:38 pm in Hosta Forum

Your hostas all look so fresh! Mine are already getting a little ragged from slugs, etc.

This one's Gold Standard (OS).


Great shape
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RE: What hostas are looking good in your garden today? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: coll_123 on 07.28.2014 at 02:07 pm in Hosta Forum

Mine are starting to go downhill fast with slug damage and it wont be long before the nematodes show up, boo.

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Emerald Ruff Cut after the rain...not too many brown spots this year
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High Society
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Risky Business looking clean and sharp
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Thunderbolt and Loyalist
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Thunderbolt & Loyalist
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RE: Front yard photos to share. (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: Eleven on 07.19.2014 at 01:55 am in Hosta Forum

I think Kathy nailed it with the five year project description! Most of my garden beds seem to be on that time plan.

The first year I lay out my design and plant everything I have for it.

The second year, I'm impatient for all the small stuff to grow and already noting some unappealing plantings and unhappy plants.

Then the third year, I move some plants elsewhere, shift some to make room for the new modified design, add new plants, and leave the rest where they were.

The fourth year, I watch the new growth, pat myself on the back for it almost working, and make a list of what needs to be moved in the bed. I'm doing this right now with a lilac bed; the bloom colors and times are all great but plant height is a little wonky.

I now have a couple beds ready for year five, which is to swap plants around based on actual growth and replace a consistent underperformer.


A five year plan
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RE: Hostas for lots of sun (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: bluerose007 on 07.15.2014 at 06:47 am in Hosta Forum

Osiris Soleil Levant in full sun all day.


Full sun
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A hosta trio just for Funn

posted by: moccasinlanding on 07.13.2014 at 03:44 pm in Hosta Forum

This started in another thread, but now has one of its own.
I like to rearrange hosta pots, and sometimes it strikes me there are trios I can group together for nice display.

This time, I'm looking for a third to go with Luna Moth and Goodness Gracious. With these two, it is the central pattern which is obviously shared. .

I thought originally the third could be Summer Lovin. But when I moved that one into the mix, it made Luna Moth the odd one that did not match the other two. So here is Luna Moth sitting it out on the sidelines, while Summer Lovin, Goodness Gracious and Summer Breeze form the trio.

The same three choices with Luna Moth out of the frame almost.

I'm trying to find the "bridge" hosta that will allow me to keep Luna Moth, which has such a distinctive midleaf, and I don't find it in the variegated hosta here in the garden.

Please make a suggestion for the trio.

Plus, if you have a planting of three varied hosta would you share the picture with us? It is easier with pots to play with arrangements, because in ground planting is so committed!
I think that is one reason folks move hosta so many times, don't you? Something about the arrangement is just a teensy bit OFF, somehow, if you know what I mean.

My really successful trio for Three Graces is June, English Sunrise, and Teatime....all related with same color intensity.
Different leaf patterns though. Here is a current photo of my Three Graces, which I have set as my wallpaper.

Hope you join the search, Funn, along with others who like a good visual exercise.


Three Graces
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RE: Pics of the new project...shoot me now (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: funnthsun on 07.12.2014 at 09:06 am in Hosta Forum

The soil is not nearly as bad as I thought that it would be. It has some clay, but it's pretty loose, mostly. We were quite surprised to see anything but clay. We'll be bringing in 36 yards of new soil, 12 of that is going to be aged manure, and tilling won't be bad b/c it's already been turned over and is loose. We also have access to a bobcat, as you can see, so that is the easy part!

Hard part is being patient when you can't get out there and just do it yourself, but you're waiting on someone else. There is a lot of steps to go through this year to get to where I want to be by winter time. Patience is a virtue...sigh.

Bkay, yes, it's a new hybrid, Merlin Majic. It has maroon-colored foliage, a real beauty. I'll have to go out and sniff one of them, it's blooming right now. Didn't even know Mimosas had a scent, I've never noticed it and the in-laws, where they have several of the standard ones. Hmmmm. I've wanted Mimosas for years, but didn't want to deal with the seedlings. I'm pretty excited about these. They are VERY hard to find, but I stumpled on two of them locally.


Merlin Malik mimosas
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RE: My garden this morning (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: irawon on 07.04.2014 at 05:12 pm in Hosta Forum

I know mocc, Spiderwort, especially the blue and pink ones seed pretty freely, even in our walkways. I have to keep after them or they would take over the whole yard. The yellow-leaved variety,'Sweet Kate' is infertile, I think... I've only been able to propagate it by clump division. It's flowers are a deeper shade of blue too.


Infertile spider wort
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RE: Post your Rhino Hide Pictures (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: don_r on 08.27.2012 at 08:03 pm in Hosta Forum

Rhino Hide will stay quite blue if it's sited in a fair amount of shade. If grown in bright sunlight, the blue will turn green and the center will brighten up...just like most hostas would do.

As far as the variegation pattern, the tc plants vary somewhat...I've noticed some tc plants which have a narrow gold center (like the OS stock) while others have a wide gold center, and still others exhibit very dramatic gold streaking throughout the leaf. I suspect there will be less noticeable differences, however, when these tc plants begin to mature, but only time will tell.

The growth rate is moderate to slow...but not as slow as Tokudama Aureonebulosa. It is a dependable grower, however...not finicky like Great Expectations. If your Rhino Hide has not sent out multiple eyes in every direction, don't worry. From what I've seen, single-eye Rhino Hide plants often remain as a single eye for 2 or 3 years. Then a second and third eye will sprout. At that stage, Rhino Hide will begin to add more eyes readily.

To speed up the growth, I recommend siting your young Rhino Hide in full sun, or at least bright indirect sunlight. Water and fertilize it well. Then after a few years, after it has developed into a nice-size plant, move it to a somewhat shadier location where it will maintain the powdery deep-blue appearance and look superb.


How to grow rhino hide
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RE: First Forum Post (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: bejoy2 on 03.28.2011 at 10:20 pm in Hosta Forum

As a suggestion, perhaps you should pot the hostas up in 1- or 2-gallon pots and place them in their pots where you are thinking of planting them (remember that the pots add height to the plants, so you might want to dig the pots in so the plant is at ground level). You'll notice qualities of each hosta - such as rate of growth, size of leaves, texture, color, etc., and see how they work (or don't work) together. If it works, great - if it doesn't, you can move it. Best yet, you can move plants between sun and shade to see how light exposure affects color and variegation.

As a general rule, taller plants should be placed at the rear of the garden bed, and shorter plants should be placed in the front of the bed. Plants that are grouped together look best in groups of odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, up to about 9, when the eye loses focus). When grouping plants, refer to the spacing recommendations, but don't feel you have to adhere rigidly to them - it's OK to place the plants closer than the recommended spacing, but probably not to spread them too far apart, or the eye regards them as separate plants instead of a group.

Don't plant hostas with different variegations, colors or patterns too close together. Green is considered a neutral color in landscaping, and is a good background color for a variegated hosta. In general, blue colors soothe, while yellow excites. Try placing a blue hosta near a yellow hosta to see if the colors complement each other or clash. A yellow hosta can brighten a blue hosta, but then again, a blue hosta can make a yellow hosta look dull. And what looks good in the sun may not work as well in the shade.

Culturally speaking, most blue hostas need more shade and many yellow (and fragrant) hostas require more sun. Some yellow hostas change colors depending on light exposure, or as the season progresses - some become more yellow (lutescent) and some become more green or chartreuse (viridescent). Some creamy variegation becomes white (albescent) as a result of exposure to light.

Go to the library and look at landscaping books to get some ideas. Then start moving plants around, mixing and matching them, experimenting with combinations, and by the time fall rolls around, you ought to have a pretty darn good idea of where you want to plant them permanently.

Here is a link that might be useful: Landscaping with Hostas


Basic planning info
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RE: Rob's Lakeside Hostas (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: hey_j on 06.24.2011 at 07:00 pm in Hosta Forum

Okay--I got my hosta from Rob today--a very fast ship, too!
I am delighted to have such a wonderful looking 'L.S. Prophecy'
and these others, too:

Lakeside Acres' Hosta order

I might add, the roots filled every glass they were in--to the top! Rob knew what I wanted, as per our conversations
and my $$ limit. I wanted, above all 'L.S. Prophecy' and I asked him to choose from what I liked that would fit within
my limitation! I am very happy with his choices for me and it was really fun to do it that way!

A very positive experience on my end and I hope he enjoyed 'the game' with me allowing him to have free-reign in
choosing for me--I think he might have! ;o)



Lakeside hosta email address in picture.
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RE: Extra large yellows (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jennaj_z4mn on 09.03.2013 at 12:49 pm in Hosta Forum

Here is a pic of my Sutters Mill this spring--it is a fast grower and everyone comments on it--its a standout!!!


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RE: Extra large yellows (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: ninamarie on 09.06.2013 at 08:56 am in Hosta Forum

I love Harriette Ward. She is very slug resistant, has a nice form, and stands out in the garden. I've been interplanting a hosta garden recently with yellow hosta, and she stands out in the bunch. Very classy pale yellow without a hint of brassiness.


Big yellow
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RE: What could be wrong with my hostas? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: moccasinlanding on 07.03.2014 at 07:19 pm in Hosta Forum

Got a newsletter today from Made In The Shade hostas. I'm going to quote, because I don't want to mess it up.

This year we also have the perfect setup for Southern Blight - lots of rain that is followed immediately by hot temperatures. If you see hosta petioles that flop over at the base, it is likely the result of a fungus called Southern Blight. The fungus eats away the tissue at the base of the petiole so the petiole pulls away easily from the clump. You may also notice beige colored "mustard seeds" at the base of the clump and a white thread like mycelium. Quick action can save the clump. Apply a fungicide product that contains tebuconazole as a soil drench. The product is contained in a number of Bayer fungicide products that are commonly available at box stores, hardware stores and garden centers.
[end quote]

Thought this might be helpful. Don't think I have southern blight just yet, but it is bound to come sooner or later.


What's wrong with hostas
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RE: Black bugs attacking everything(picture) (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: Jonathan29 on 03.17.2014 at 11:41 pm in Garden Clinic Forum

All i can say is use this organic recipe on the plants once a week for the first month then twice every month and they will leave your plants alone no matter what the bug. bees and butterfly's are unaffected by it because they don't eat the plant its self.
1tps-2tps organic garlic cloves or paste in water
1tps organic black strap molasses
1tps-2tps organic water soluble fertilizer in liquid form is best.
mixed for 1 gallon of water
spray on leaves give them a good misting late in the day or early in the morning before you water.

If you found this info helpful please check out my youtube channel i will be posting helpful videos on things just like this in the future =) have a nice day and happy growing!

Here is a link that might be useful: TheItalian Garden

This post was edited by Jonathan29 on Mon, Mar 17, 14 at 23:43


Homemade insect repellant for plants.
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RE: Talk about a smart phone! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: moccasinlanding on 06.14.2014 at 03:56 pm in Hosta Forum

BK, were you commenting about the paper wrapping for Carnival? It was wrapped in uncoated paper on arrival, all the others were wrapped in it without any damage. I haven't figured out what caused the cooked spinach look. It has two small new leaves growing on it as of this morning. I know it will make it, just hope it isn't tiny. I have enough like that.

Funn, I have FlickFolio which is the only app working with Flickr these days. The one built into PaintShopPro X6 quit working for whatever reason after they updated the software. So I use the online Flickr uploader after I put all the proper tags to each photo. I either add tags using PSPx6 or Windows Live Photo Gallery for names and tags.
I have so many photos on my computer it helps to have the tags on the originals before I do a backup.

The photo format is still JPG but the audio must increase the file size of the JPG. As long as people can click the thumbnail and see the big picture, it will work until I find a solution to that issue. One thing at a time, patience is a virtue, although it would be nice to have it RIGHT NOW. :)

Yes indeed, I like the phone. However, I will not be using the ISIS wallet. I don't like all those people dipping into my pocketbook.


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RE: how often do u water? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: gardenweed_z6a on 06.07.2014 at 05:44 pm in Hosta Forum

Never. My garden gets adequate rainfall that keeps just about everything (even astilbe) adequately watered without help from me.

Something newly planted or recently divided will get a recycled cat litter jug of water following planting: a pinhole poked an inch from the bottom of the jug, jug filled with water which exits pinhole at base of plant. Water remaining in jug below pinhole prevents jug from blowing around in the wind. Frugal gardener's repurposing & irrigation system.


Watering with old plastic jugs
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RE: Liberty will win over a Hosta 'fence sitter' ? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: hmacflower on 11.08.2012 at 07:52 pm in Hosta Forum

Yes! Liberty is one of my favorites...a beauty! Primula for spring, campanula persisfolia (blue) for summer and
Sunrise echinacea for fall make good companions.


Companion plants for Liberty.
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RE: I'm getting tired of my daylilies now (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: crunchpa on 07.17.2013 at 10:13 pm in Perennials Forum

I agree with some of the daylily negativity. But they make a great groundcover for large spaces, and a cheap solution for a mass planting. As specimens individually, not so much. Weeds are no match for a thick patch of Hyperion daylilies so I look at them as a time saver. I chop them down early Sept and the foliage comes back fresh and not so full. It offers 3 months of a better look. I chop stellas in early August and in a short time they are looking like spring


Trimming daylilies
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RE: Lakeside Black Satin--What's the deal... (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Gesila on 05.29.2014 at 09:56 am in Hosta Forum

I have a ton of hostas in pots that look like that, they're all in pots.

James, if yours isn't in a pot, my guess that it's planted too deep and/or sitting where water doesn't drain well.

Maybe Ken will chime in and give his 2 cents.



Description of waterlogged.
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Lakeside Black Satin--What's the deal...

posted by: jimr66 on 05.29.2014 at 07:44 am in Hosta Forum

Here is my Lakeside B.S. (I think the shortened version of the name may be more appropriate.....)

This is 2nd time I've tried this plant the first one succumbed to crown rot last spring.

I saw a relatively mature one at Gardens Plus a few years ago and was impressed with the actual black undertones in the leaf.

everything else in this garden is rockin' I think it actually shrank (it was a very small division) and it's barely moved since april.

Is this one of those "tricky hostas"?

If anyone has experience with this plant I would be glad for any insights.

Cheers, James


The look of waterlogged.
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1000's Gold Standard in one hillside bed for impact

posted by: brucebanyaihsta on 01.13.2009 at 10:07 pm in Hosta Forum

This is Doris and Wayne Guymon's home in Chadds Ford PA, 2006, AHS National Convention garden tour.

Great story on this bed of 'Gold Standard'

I believe these plants have been in place since early 1980's - and yes it has stayed practically all true to Gold Standard with very few revisions to fortunei Hyacynthina

Wayne Guymon 'Gold Standard' bed 2006

Most clumps were 2-3 feet across



Beats ivy?
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RE: What's up in Summerfield, NC (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: Don_in_Colorado on 04.10.2014 at 11:32 pm in Hosta Forum

I like the way your undulatta is growing, kind of growing in separate clumps close to, but not INto each other. By the time they fill in the spaces between them, you'll have a bit of an unruly clump, but with the twisty twisty leaves I think it'll look A+. Sort of a controlled unruly. Just my opinion.

Nice Work!
Don B.


Undulata observation by Don
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RE: Question about Risky Business Hosta (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: babka on 05.04.2012 at 09:51 pm in Hosta Forum

With respect to the one in a pot...Hostas are DIFFERENT in pots. Repot your potted one in a pot that just contains the roots. When the roots grow out of the drain holes, up pot it up ONE size. Otherwise, roots will rot, trust me, I found out the hard way and lost a bunch. You don't need to disturb the roots when you pot it up to the next size pot. Just take that formed root mass and plop it into a pot about 2" greater in diameter.



Potted hostas
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RE: Hosta Identification (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: josephines67 on 04.18.2014 at 06:48 pm in Hosta Forum

TNsunshine... Last night I visited the Reading Room on the Hosta Library site. I read every article but one that I got immersed in was the interview with Mary Chastain. That article really raised my level of awareness for the Lakeside series. I thought you might like to see it - and read at your leisure. I've attached a link for you and anyone else that's interested, if they haven't seen it before.


Here is a link that might be useful: Mary Chastain interview


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RE: Post Mortem (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: Babka on 04.11.2014 at 11:23 pm in Hosta Forum

Those brown papery sleeves are rot. Hose it off (full force) more to remove anything brown, and then stick it in 10% Clorox and water for about 5 minutes, then re-pot and keep your fingers crossed. Nothing to lose and certainly worth a try. My wonderful Invincible, that I have had for so many years, began like that. ;-)



Treatment for rot
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RE: h. Big Daddy (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: jimr66 on 04.08.2014 at 07:10 pm in Hosta Forum

1 of my favorites, the leaves on mature plants look they are molded out of plastic, kinda trippy actually. They take a long time to mature. As with most sieboldiana types they do not like being moved. to keep the bloom nice and blue on them it's best not to give them to much direct sun. heres mine (before I moved it) now it doesn't look as good perhaps now in it's third year since he move it will look like this again.


Beautiful pic of Big Daddy
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RE: %^&#@*& Deer (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: gottagarden on 04.05.2014 at 09:34 pm in Hosta Forum

Here's something different. I use woven wire fence, laid on the ground. NOT stapled to posts. It creates a mesh that is apparently unpleasant for the deer because their feet go through the fence and it makes for very uneasy footing. It is laid on the ground, which makes it virtually invisible from a distance. Except that I use a rock or 4x4 sections to keep the fence elevated off the ground a couple inches which makes it dicey for deer feet. I know it sounds strange, but it really works!

I have terrible deer, and I have tried all the sprays, mothballs, soap, hair, etc. this really works. Does not need to be reapplied. It is invisible from a distance, and even up close. I have to warn people it is there. Got a photo but can't seem to upload right now.


Flat fencing for deer
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RE: No Pips? How About Your Favorite Memory Photo? (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: unbiddenn on 04.04.2014 at 11:49 pm in Hosta Forum

Peony 'Do Tell', came back from a piece of root left in the ground after I gave the mother plant. Don, those ferns get absolutely no direct sun, but are in bright light, against a north wall. It stays moist there, but I have more Japanese planted in dry shade under a blue spruce, totally ignored and equally as large in deep shade. The autumn ferns did not do well in dry soil deep shade for me.


Fern habitat
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RE: %^&#@*& Deer (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: brucebanyaihsta on 04.03.2014 at 09:58 am in Hosta Forum

Make your own liquid fence.

Here is what we have used for years, provided by a Pennsylvania Christmas tree grower who used it successfully under high deer pressure.

2 eggs fully beaten and mixed in a gallon of water, add hot chili pepper and garlic to season ( yes it smells like a poor man's caesar salad when applied) .

Apply by spraying from a hand bottle or backpack every week! If it rains it may have to be resprayed.

One caveat; add the garlic and pepper to deter skunks and raccoons, who like the egg solution as it rots.

Second caveat; if you miss a few weeks and the deer are around they will remind you that you missed them!



Homemade liquid deer fencing.
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RE: Your Favorite Mildred Seaver Introductions? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: mctavish6 on 03.25.2014 at 10:45 am in Hosta Forum

Josephine, here is the area of the garden where I have Komodo Dragon. The Black Hills, Maui Buttercups and Cherub have always been there. The other ones are often moved around. The second picture shows a couple of the moves later last summer. I can see already that I'll be moving the border forward to get a little more room in this prime growing spot. Eventually Climax will have to move too. Who needs lawn?


6-13-13  bb~1


McTs Komodo Dragon bed
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RE: Eyes be up! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: zkathy on 03.15.2014 at 08:11 am in Hosta Forum

I'll be giving a report from the central Piedmont of North Carolina later this evening. I saw a half inch pip on Guacamole on Wednesday and covered it up because a freeze to 26f was predicted for Thursday night. I also put half a jar of Vicks Vaporub around the garden.

But now the forecast has a few nights dipping just below freezing in the next few weeks. So what do I do today? Uncover the pips and leave them exposed? How about that 10 percent ammonia drench? Is now the time? And then at what predicted low do I have to go out and cover them?

I've never done anything to my legacy hostas except notice they were up. It's also our favorite way to manage animal reproduction as in "oh, look! A baby goat!"
Thanks in advance for the advice.


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Where to buy Hosta

posted by: steve_mass on 04.15.2012 at 12:45 pm in Hosta Forum

I hope that title is searchable. I think it's the responsibility of those of us who know about HVX (and nems) to inform the Hosta buying public about safe and unsafe sources. Since the large wholesale growers seem to think that 5% diseased plants are an acceptable amount, we will continue to see HVX plants for sale at local nurseries, big box stores, plant sales and other questionable sources. So lets create a thread where we can send people when newbies need to know how to buy healthy plants.

Rules: Post your favorite sources. Give links if you can, and tell why you like them. I believe there are two safe kinds of places to buy; reputable online sources and local Hosta specialty nurseries.

My favorite online sources:
1. Hallson Gardens Large multiple eyed plants at fair prices. Exceptional customer service. A Dave's top 5 for Hosta. If Hallsons has it, I buy from them. Located in Michigan Hallson Gardens

2. In the Country Garden and Gifts Large plants at fair prices. Many hard to find varieties Great customer service. Great companion plants. Located in Iowa. In the Country

3. Naylor Creek Large one or two eyed plantss. Many plants you simply can't get anywhere else. They always have the latest newest cultivars. Great customer service. Located in Washington State. Naylor Creek

4. Naylor Creek Large one or two eyed plants. Many plants you simply can't get anywhere else. They always have the latest newest cultivars. Great customer service. Located in Washington State. Naylor Creek

5. Mason Hollow Large one or two eyed plants, bare root, sometimes larger. They also have a very large inventory. Located in New Hampshire. Not many people know or use this nursery, but they are terrific.Mason Hollow

Local Hosta Specialty Nurseries in New England
Mason Hollow, as do all of the above online sources, sells locally as well as online.

1. Cochato Nursery, located in Holbrook, MA. Large inventory of many large plants. Spectacular display garden. It's not unusual to find plants for sale with 5 or more eyes.
Cochato Nursery

2. R. Seawright, located in Carlisle, MA. I have gotten my largest plants here. He will only be doing on site sales this year. No Internet sales. Known for the field grown daylillies that are spectacular.
R. Seawright

3. Fourth Generation Nursery, located in Mendon, MA. This is a wholesale place that grow their own Hosta. They are only open to the public a few days a year. The plants are enormous, at least a year or two ahead of what you can find elsewhere. Pretty near every cultivar they sell will have 6-10 eyes in the pots. Prices are fair for the kind of plants they sell.
Fourth Generation

The New England Hosta Society has a page of resources where you can find plants near to you if you live in NE. Here's the link.
NEHS recommended sources

If you don't live in NE find a Hosta Society near you and check out their list of recommended sources. Here is where you can find local societies.
Local Hosta Societies

I avoid most local nurseries. There are a few knowledgeable who I will trust. I avoid Big Box Stores. I don't like Hosta's Direct, because I think their plants are too small. However, their plants are healthy and they are a Dave's top 5 Hosta source.

Please post your favorite sources.


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RE: For those longing for spring... (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: steve_mass on 03.06.2014 at 04:56 pm in Hosta Forum

As long as the crown isn't in water it's OK.



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Pics from my garden today (pic heavy)

posted by: don_r on 05.28.2013 at 08:43 pm in Hosta Forum

Here are a few pics from my garden today. Please excuse the raindrops...

Ocean's Fury, the bluest hosta I have (Rawson NR)
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When I Dream (Rawson NR)
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Yellow Emperor
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Osiris Obscur, very unusual...I like it!
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Midnight Oil
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Blue Rawhide (Rawson NR)
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Color Revolt (Rawson 2010)
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Dark Secret
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American Eagle
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American Blue Wrinkles, a very nice hosta with huge puckers and convexly-cupped leaves
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Abiqua Hallucination
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Gator Hide (Rawson NR)
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Lakeside Foot Prints
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Gift of Gold (Beilstein NR)
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RE: Hosta Genealogy (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: jonnyb023 on 06.23.2012 at 11:44 am in Hosta Forum


I used the 2 in 1 Systemic Rose and Flower Care; Bayer Advanced. It is a granular systemic. It eliminated all the red beetles.

I tried a concentrated liquid, generic, systemic in early Spring to try and stop gypsy moths on my trees. It seemed to have zero effect on the moths. I don't know about any other brand; but I do know the Bayer works very well. I got it at Home Depot, so I don't think it is too hard to find.



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RE: Hosta Genealogy (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: paul_in_mn on 06.22.2012 at 12:24 am in Hosta Forum

The lilies are Asiatic - Tiny Bee (yellow) and Tiny Hope (deep red). The 'Tiny' series are much shorter and thus seem to fit well with hostas.



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distinct with a nod to similar (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: moccasinlanding on 06.10.2012 at 05:52 pm in Hosta Forum

Well, I had a long post written waiting for a photo to be found, and the window closed.....

This is the FAQ from GWeb that Papou worked on, and Caliloo uploaded to the FAQS, but GWeb stripped the formatting. What I've done is COLOR it, so each name appears separately. Then the ones which, at the time (2004) were SIMILAR, are separated by / marks and are all the same color.

My apologies to Caliloo and GWeb if I infringe on anything, but it is after all still on GWeb through Flickr's technology. You can go to my Flickr and get the largest size of it if you care to. But here 'tis.
Distinct Hosta--GWeb
Distinct Hosta--GWeb


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RE: The Better of the Look Alikes? (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: hostabuff on 06.10.2012 at 04:04 pm in Hosta Forum

There so many areas of performance to consider when trying to determine which look-alike hosta is most garden worthy. This is demonstrated in the article titled "Look-Alikes" discussing the similarities and strengths of Fire and Ice, Loyalist and Paul Revere, published by the American Hosta Society. Here's a link to the article:

Here's my potential list of look-alikes based on the many look alike discussions on this forum over the years. I have not verified the accuracy list. I use this list to avoid purchasing hostas that look the same. The list is not prioritized based on performance, which probably varies from region to region, growing conditions, growth habit, etc:

Kryptonite / Canadian Shield / Devon Green / Peridot / Valeries Vanity
Halcyon / Canadian Blue
Tokudama Aureonebulosa / Blue Shadows
Paradigm / Darwin's Standard / Brother Stefan / Lunar Magic / Lunar Orbit / Dick Ward
Lakeside Cupcake / Warwick Comet / Popcorn (I have all three)
Great Expectations / Summer Joy
Paradise Expectations / Great Arrival
Summer Serenade / Mid Afternoon
Sum of It All / Titanic (inferior)
Clifford's Comet / Revolution
Fire and Ice / Loyalist / Paul Revere
Antioch / Moorheim / Sundancer / Spinners
Piedmont Special / Tyler's Treasure / Satisfaction / Shadowfax
Liberty / Clifford's Forest Fire / Magic Fire / Majesty
Dream Weaver / Thunderbolt / Dream Queen
Deja Blu / Woolly Bully / Bolt Out of the Blue / Blue River
On Stage / Choko Nishiki
Patriot / Minuteman
Northern Halo's / Northern Exposure / American Halo
Patriot's Fire / Moonlight / Moonglow
Opipara / Bill Brinka
Touch of Class / Grand Marquee
Americana / Clifford's Stingray / American Sweetheart
Lunar Sun / September Sun
Zounds / August Moon
High Society / Remember Me
Anne / Twilight
Emerald Ruff Cut / Emerald Isle (same hosta-renamed)
English Sunrise / May
Island Charm / Fantasy Island
Kiwi Full Monty / Strip Tease
El Nino / First Frost / Sleeping Beauty / Blue Ivory
Regal Splendor / Tom Schmid
First Mate / Kabitan


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RE: Eola Sapphire - Anyone? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: hostarox on 05.29.2007 at 07:34 pm in Hosta Forum

I have it, and love it! I would call the color blue as opposed to a green Hosta. The Hosta Library has it incorrectly listed as Eola Blue Sapphire, but the name really is Eola Sapphire. I've had mine awhile, but I would call it a fast growing blue. Pics from yesterday and today (when I saw this thread, I ran out and took a closer pic.)
The first picture shows Eola Sapphire behind Alligator Shoes and Robert Frost.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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RE: Hosta V 2013 (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: old_dirt on 02.12.2014 at 08:09 pm in Hosta Forum

Valerie's Vanity, very nice glossy plant, I don't think it's ever had a bad day.


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RE: Hosta V 2013 (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: BeverlyMN on 02.12.2014 at 05:53 pm in Hosta Forum

Vanilla Cream in mostly shade.


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RE: top gun hosta - warning....enabling... (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: dansgrdn on 11.01.2013 at 01:45 pm in Hosta Forum

If it had to be one, for me it would be 'Liberty'
I usually gravitate toward solid or mediovariegated Hosta, but 'Liberty' is a definite exception. I remember when I first got it that I couldn't wait until it developed its wide border. The wait made it even more rewarding when it got there and the combo of its stature and color make it a standout throughout the season which is why it would be my choice for "Top Gun"

This post was edited by dansgrdn on Fri, Nov 1, 13 at 14:37


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RE: Hosta Butts (I'm being cheeky!) (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: Hostanista on 02.02.2014 at 11:26 am in Hosta Forum

OMG don_r you sure did your research on those names! And I thought I had a lot of extra time on my hands!

Went looking for other interesting "pots" on the internet - sure are a lot of creative people out there!


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RE: Hosta S 2013 (Follow-Up #37)

posted by: sunnywood on 02.05.2014 at 09:48 am in Hosta Forum



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RE: Hosta R 2013 (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: steve_mass on 02.03.2014 at 07:30 am in Hosta Forum

Regal Splendor
Regal Splendor 2013 photo DSC02299_zps58a3fe2c.jpg

Rainforest Sunrise
Rainforest Sunrise 2013 photo DSC02298_zps68c30e5a.jpg

Royal Flush. Yes, that's its actual color.
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Red Sox
Red Sox 2013 photo IMG_1041_zpsc57227bb.jpg



Regal Splendor
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RE: Hosta R 2013 (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: paul_in_mn on 02.03.2014 at 12:59 pm in Hosta Forum

Radiant Star
Hosta 'Radiant Star' (11)-001

Rare Breed
Hosta 'Rare Breed' (12)-002

rectifolia Chionea
Hosta 'rectifolia Chionea' (12)-001

Red Hot Poker
Hosta 'Red Hot Poker' (10)-1

Regal Chameleon
Hosta 'Regal Chamelion' (10)-001

Regal Supreme
Hosta 'Regal Supreme' (13)-001

Roller Coaster Ride
Hosta 'Roller Coaster Ride' (10)-1

Hosta 'Rotini' (12)-001

Royal Tiara
Hosta 'Royal Tiara' (10)-002



Radiant Star and Regal Chameleon
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RE: Hosta Library Photo Contest Pics are Posted (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: moccasinlanding on 08.22.2013 at 09:31 pm in Hosta Forum

Well, I found out what I wanted to know.
And here is one that I totally must have SOON////
Flamenco Dancer....Look at the vase shape, the purple pets, the ruffles .....question: is it fertile?


The list of entrants says that the letters DR which appear after the picture's name stand for Doug Ruff. I'm guessing that Flamenco Dancer is Doug's creation. What a beauty!
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RE: Hosta Library Photo Contest Pics are Posted (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: Don_in_Colorado on 08.22.2013 at 09:38 pm in Hosta Forum

Lookee this one...Arthur Wrede names this one 'Almost' because...well, he ALMOST reached his goal...

From The Hosta Library...
"Arthur has always said that this is his best plant so far in his quest for red-leaved hostas. At the age of 80 he's still working towards those red leaves, and we won't be surprised if he someday names a plant 'Finally'!

Very cool plant.

Don B.

EDIT: Edited to add clearer pic.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Thu, Aug 22, 13 at 23:30


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RE: Six more weeks of carp (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Hostanista on 02.03.2014 at 07:15 pm in Hosta Forum

You're right Bernd, if we only get 6 more weeks of this stuff I'd be thrilled. Here's a pic taken 2 years ago February 2, 2012 of the little cabin in my back yard with the grass as green as can be, just a little unmelted snow lingering in the bottom right hand side of the photo. Sigh!


Nice guest house
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RE: Hosta Alphabet J Summer 2011 (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: jennaj_z4mn on 08.03.2011 at 03:27 pm in Hosta Forum

Jimmy Crack Corn
H. Jimmy Crack Corn

Jewel of the Nile--one of my favorites--and so far stable!!

H. Jewel of the Nile

H. June

Another Journey's End--it has got HUGE this year--only 3 years old.
H. Journey's End (early spring


Beautiful picture of June
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RE: Hosta Alphabet J Summer 2011 (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: steve_mass on 08.03.2011 at 07:05 pm in Hosta Forum


That's a lovely June and a good picture of it. Thanks.



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RE: Hostas in whiskey barrels (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: zkathy on 01.24.2014 at 08:56 pm in Hosta Forum

I did it, here's the list. Anybody see a hosta that really should live in a barrel?
Allegan Fog
Alligator Shoes
Baby Bunting
Clear ForkRiver Valley
Clifford's Stingray
Cool as a Cucumber
Crocodile Rock
Cutting Edge
Devil's Advocate
Diamond Tiara
Dragon Tails
Earth Angel
Flemish Sky
Fragrant Queen
Frosted Dimples
Golden Gate
Iron Gate Delight
Jade Cascade
Jewel of the Nile
King Tut
Lakeside Kaleidescope
Lemon Lime
Mango Tango
On Stage
One Man's Treasure
Restless Sea
Ripple Effect
Silk Kimono
So Sweet
Sun Power
Twist of Lime
Winter Snow

I'm figuring a cascading or upright hosta will look best elevated. So the Sun Power, Jade Cascade and Spartacus look like good prospects. Any other suggestions are welcome! Or maybe I'll take ken's advice and do pot in pot and change at will.


This post was edited by zkathy on Fri, Jan 24, 14 at 21:21


My spring 2014 delivery list.
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RE: rugose, crinkly (Follow-Up #76)

posted by: mctavish6 on 11.06.2013 at 03:32 pm in Hosta Forum

There are sure some great plants here. Love the crinkles. This is a plant of my sisters grown in Washington. Mine is about 1/2 the size.

7- July 2013 (390)


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RE: Hosta of the Year (HOTY) (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: coll_123 on 06.19.2012 at 06:28 pm in Hosta Forum

bkay, I have both Cathedral Windows and Stained Glass, and if I could only have one, it would be CW...
Here are my HOTYs, minus blue mouse ears, which I don't have a pic of this year, and Rainforest Sunrise, which, after three years is still one lousy eye.

Regal Splendor- bought in '05

Stained Glass, '06

June, '06, lots of shadePhotobucket

First Frost, '07 slow and steady

Liberty '06 or '07...can't recall at the moment


Goats beard behind liberty
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