Garden Standouts

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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby ViolaAnn » Jun 15, 2011 5:17 pm

Pia, Thank you. My local hosta dealer was sold out of 'Liberty' when I wanted it 2 years ago. So, a friend up the valley, picked one out for me from a dealer closer to her. She opted for a slightly larger plant as the price difference was not significant. I'm the beneficiary.

I've got a few others that are looking really good this year. 'Cutting Edge' looks like it took some steroids last year. To be honest, I'm not sure it will have a long time in my garden as it's too large now. I hadn't expected quite that much growth. It may be a candidate for the hosta garden at my church.

'Jewel of the Nile' is truly a stunner.

The old fashioned 'Fortunei Aureomarginata' is another stunner.

And I'm very pleased with a streaked sport of 'Pewterware' that was a gift from the same friend up the valley.

Finally, 'Regal Splendor' is looking good and I planted a number of smaller hostas around its base. Of course all of them will look better when the Linden tree stops dropping stuff and when I get the spent tulip and crocus foliage out of the garden.

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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby ViolaAnn » Jun 15, 2011 5:23 pm

Of course, sometimes it's not the individual plants that make you look twice, but rather the combination of plants.

I've got a couple of spots that are particularly pleasing to MY eye. One is a corner between two Lilac bushes. This are will sometimes get some afternoon sun. Looks particularly nice this year as my 'On Stage' has finally become a good size and so is 'Lakeside Shoremaster'. The area is finished off with a Lemon-Lime Heuchera and a Japanese painted fern.

The other has 'Fire Island' as its centre point. On the left is 'Little Sunspot' and on the right a very new 'Paradise Island'. Behind PI is a 'Red October' and behind them all is a sizeable 'Francee'.
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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby ogrefcf » Jun 15, 2011 10:23 pm

Absolutely beautiful Hostas! My list just keeps getting bigger and bigger and I don't have much room left. Can't wait till mine grow up so I have more to look at.
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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby thy » Jun 19, 2011 7:22 pm

ThinkI need a lemon-Lime Heuchera :D

ogrefcf... We warned you :lol:

Think you still have holes to fill out. But you caan start to look for beautiful pots to hang on your fence :wink: Hostas looks good in pots too :D
Just do not have any idea of your winthers, so you have to ask around.
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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby ViolaAnn » Jun 19, 2011 8:34 pm

I called it "Lemon-Lime" Heuchera and even then it didn't sound right. Just looked it up. The proper name is 'Lime Rickey' and it IS a nice bright spot and will stay that way long after 'On Stage' greens up.

I just divided the Japanese Painted Fern - have had it 6 years and it didn't seem to be growing fast, but upon examining it, I could see a lot more growth this year and clear places where I could divide it.
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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby ogrefcf » Jun 19, 2011 9:02 pm

thy wrote:
ogrefcf... We warned you :lol:



Yes you did! I don't think I mind it though. Just need more money and land lol!
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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby ViolaAnn » Jun 19, 2011 9:59 pm

Just need more money and land lol!


When you run out of land, you start helping your neighbours to garden. Or you take over the hosta garden at your church.
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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby thy » Jun 24, 2011 6:17 pm

My old house had a small city lot. next door neighbourg was a grosery shop
renaldo once told me to use their shopping carts for planting my hostas on the parking lot :lol:
Didn't have the force and nerve, but would have loved to see their eyes :cool:
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Re: Garden Standouts

Postby Noreaster » Jun 24, 2011 8:06 pm

My favorite right now is this grouping of Tom Schmid (x2) and three greens- Rosedale Spoons, Manhattan, and Lily Pad. Lily Pad and Rosedale Spoons both particularly catch my eye this year

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