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Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby ogrefcf » May 16, 2012 9:49 pm

Need some suggestions for a new Hosta in a planter I made. I helped a neighbor take out a stump and under it was a big piece of round concrete irrigation pipe. It was no longer in use and root had grown all through it. I decided to claim it as a trophy and put it in my bed! It got about a 12" round hole and is two feet off the ground. I think I will put some creeping Jenny in it and let it grow down. I would like a leggy Hosta and something to show off in it since it will be about two feet of the ground. Here's a picture of it.

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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby ogrefcf » May 16, 2012 10:04 pm

Looking at Chris's selection so far I like: Hosta 'Purple Heart', Hosta 'Paradise Island' (really like), Hosta 'Red October', Hosta 'Wheee!', Hosta 'Lakeside Paisley Print' (really like also), Hosta 'The Razor's Edge', and Hosta 'Radiant Star' . Ahhh to many I like!
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby Mark Raw » May 17, 2012 4:37 am

Most will be ok in it but if you want a fountain effect what about a few Wolverines they can get to a decent size and have a cascading effect
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby jgh » May 17, 2012 6:03 am

You can kind of go two different ways on this. If you are planning for something to grow for a while, then pull it out and put a different one in - you can pick pretty much anthing. If you want to plant and leave the plant, then you want something with a mature root ball that can live in that 12 in diameter. The bigger plants in a container that size tend to "dwarf" - for example, I have a Regal Splendor that will be huge in the ground but in a largish pot stays medium and never gets nearly as tall... even the leaves stay smaller.

I like the Paradise Island idea... or even regular Fire Island if you don't need the irregular margin... or Fruit Punch or Cherry Tart or... meaning there are a lot of nice yellows with red legs that get to show off those legs in a raised planter like that. If you want it to pop, a yellow is the way to go.

Red October or Red Dragon or Katsurugawa Beni or any of the greens with red stems would look nice if you want a more subtle effect. Red Alert gives you a margin on KB for a little extra interest - but for me KB has been vigorous while the tc of Red Alert seem to have taken forever to grow... actually, if you want something a little more exotic, I don't see many Harry van der Laar around, but it is a very nice green with red legs and has an attractive leaf as well. Both Harry vdL an KB have some red up onto the top of the leaf...

We tend to lose more plants in containers here in zone 4, so I put inexpensive plants... nice seedlings or things I have extra of and won't cry if they disappear... so in my garden I'd probably plop a nice division of Emerald Tiara in that pipe and call it good!
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby Chris_W » May 17, 2012 7:54 am

I wouldn't use one of the red legged plants as I find them a little touchy sometimes. Lakeside Paisley Print I would also avoid in a "pot" as it is so slow growing. My first thought after you mentioned using creeping jenny as a cascading effect was to put a Praying Hands in there to complete the fountain/waterfall effect.
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby ogrefcf » May 17, 2012 8:29 am

Thanks for the info Chris. I actually already have a praying hands Creeping Jenny combo and that's why I didn't mention it although I do think it would look great.,

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Jim, my Emerald Tiaras are just little guys right now. Though I do have some big golden Tiaras thanks to Linda P. Maybe I'll start with that.

I also don't need to do the creeping Jenny if anyone else has any other suggestions of what might work. I just have a lot of it so it's easy to use.
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby thy » May 17, 2012 6:36 pm

Chris say the red legs may be problematic in your zone... it was one of my thoughts too, the other is a cascading hosta, keep it in the pot for a few years and then transplant or divide it.
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby Mark Raw » May 17, 2012 11:40 pm

My Praying hamds is extremely slow in coming up all my others are up and some are a very decent size but Ph is still just emerging at about an inch in height, looks like at last its starting to unfurl. Is it usually this slow it's new to me got it last year
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby irawon » May 18, 2012 2:07 am

I was thinking along the same lines as Chris, but since you already have a Praying Hands what about 'Hands Up', which I believe has a wider yellow margin. Isn't there a third hosta similar to PH, I just can't think of the name at the moment ...
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby paul_in_mn » May 18, 2012 6:29 am

Ginsu Knife would look good-
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby kaylyred » May 18, 2012 12:42 pm

What about 'Torchlight'? I have one I picked up this year and so far it's growing beautifully in a pot.
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby jgh » May 18, 2012 6:01 pm

I just sold a few Ginsu Knife... at a neighborhood garden sale... was suprised they just kind of sat there until we pointed them out to people and showed them the "character" of the leaves and the serration down onto the stem. I think the container idea is a good one to show it off. And Paul - that's a dandy one you've got there!
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby ogrefcf » May 19, 2012 1:01 am

Paul love the Ginsu Knife, I will order one for it on my next order. I put in a Blue Mouse ears temporally I had in a pot and add some Creeping Jenny. I'll get a picture tomorrow.
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Re: Hosta suggestion for a planter

Postby ogrefcf » May 19, 2012 11:07 am

Not a great picture, but here it is.

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