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Hostas

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 14:07

It seems a hosta virus is affecting lots of hostas.  

I understand,the virus can cross into other types of plants via sap......on hands,knives, etc.  ......not by aphids though, apparently. I will clean hands, tools,etc., when I divide or cut any hosta. The virus is quite distinctive apparently.....odd green lines on the leaf pattern.  Bit disconcerting....

Hostas

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:00

Just checked out info re hosta virus(x).  Bit alarming.  Will check all my plants including gold standard.  It seems growing them in a more open sunny position makes them less susceptible to this virus.

Hostas

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:46

Oh, what sort of virus Hostafan?   Was going to get another gold standard this morn but I won't now.  Does virus seem to spread to other hostas?  Perhaps a limit on hosta numbers is advisable? 

(I am aware that if too many plants of one type are grown pests and diseases are worse.  I have had more helleborus black spot over past 2 years ......always disease free a few years back......for example so will hold back on adding any more)

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:37

Fantastic blue there KEF.  Love that 

Busy Lizzies

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:35

Agree with info about busy lizzies. I grow just a few new guinea hybrids........take cuttings every year.  They seem slower to flower than the old busy lizzies, slower to grow too, until mid summer.  Then they grow fast.  Plus many have attractive foliage

South facing garden "which plant/s"?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:29

It's difficult for me to imagine exactly your layout there.  A picture would help.

A small tree I grow is prunus cistena crimson dwarf.  Hardly a tree .....i grow as a grafted half stamdard and as a small shrub on its own roots.....really but nice impact and beautiful.  Purple red foliage all summer long and pinky white flowers in spring that create a lovely affect.  Similarly, salix flamingo as a half standard is a small impact feature plant.  

Hostas

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:15

Added to my own hosta collection.........albeit a limited one.....by buying gold standard yesterday.  Anyone growimg this?  Apparently it prefers sun 

South facing garden "which plant/s"?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:12

Well, a good compromise suggestion then.......my own superior one of Phormium and Fairy's lesser one of a pot.  A Phormium in a pot !   seasonal planting does appeal though there as you can ring the changes 

HELP

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:08

Morning Andrew......welcome.  Nice to see you here 

Not the wisest one here for wildlife but skimmias spring to mind. Evergreen and swarm with bees and butterflies ....and scent...  

However, to the list already mentioned I would add astilbes, bergenias, acteas (for their wonderful dark foliage), brunneras, ferns, violas, hostas and Heucheras.  

 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:55

Like your roscoea Fidget.  That's nice 

I guess a word about Acer Flamingo as a star in the garden is warranted.  Right now, at a distance, it looks like a large bush of pink flowers.  It will be eye catching all summer as it grows a lot more yet.  Has to be the most colourful foliage plant.  A purple canna growing next to it adds contrast 

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