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Re: Beauty Curve in Hostas

I like the idea of a beauty curve. The hostas with the longest, highest
beauty curves would be the best ones to plant in the most visible areas.
Hostas that scored low could fill in the less visible areas and special
attention could be paid them during their peak times. Or to be hidden
away to be viewed by hosta collectors who would ooh and ha when
discovering that rare ugly hosta! If it's ugly enough you may be able to
sell a couple of pieces for $100.

Good landscape design takes into account the seasons of beauty offered
by various plant material. A "beauty curve" rating for hostas would be
very useful for design.

A hosta that shows well for 6 months sure beats one that only shows well
for 3 months for most people. This may not apply to hosta collectors,
but then what an odd lot we are!

I will try to take some notes this summer as to when different  hostas
turn from landscape assets to landscape liabilities.

Dan Nelson
Bridgeville DE
zone 7

----- Original Message -----
From: RL <ranbl@netsync.net>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 1999 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: Beauty Curve in Hostas

LakesideRM@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 7/6/99 2:28:24 PM GMT Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << In answer to Ran's questions I don't care for plants that tend to
>  stoloniferous or spread a great deal.  >>
> I agree a stoloniferous hosta is not my first or even second choice.
> Mary
One of the more notable Rizomatis Hostas id the soecies clausa.  Whe
osed in the semi shad or among other plants , it chan catually become a
pest.  I have placed mine in strong mid day light, and it not only
"stays put" it blooms beautifully.  It " needs" a little wxtre care in
watering there.
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