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Re: Which to buy?

$15 sounds about right for either of them. I would have to choose H.
'Patriot' also. It is a superb hosta for either sun or shade. The color
stays pure and crisp all season long. H. 'Sum and Substance' is also a
marvelous hosta too (I own 4 of them!), but the growth rate is nothing in
comparison to H. 'Patriot.'
I find that H. 'Patriot' also performs well with other companion plants
such as maidenhair fern, but H. 'Sum and Substance' seems to grow so
huge, it drowns all other things out unless you have the room for it. My
patriot has emerged this spring with more than 16 eyes from 4 the
previous year. It should be outstanding!

Mike Groothuis
Niles, MI
zone 5

Garden Nut wrote:

> Hi:
> If you could buy just one expensive plant (at least on my budget)
> for $15.  Would you recommend Sum and Substance or Patriot?  Why
> or Why not?  Is this cost about right for the plant quality?
> This is the only splurge I can even afford this year.  I am so
> glad I spent all I could last summer and pretty much filled up my
> shade garden.
> Also added a Lady's Slipper yesterday that will be simply buried
> in its nursery pot so I can insure it has the right soil.
> I took a survey today and decided that some kid must have moved
> some labels around.  Hope I can identify everything with Paul
> Aden's book to verify that everything is properly  identified.
> Somehow I don't think I can blame a squirrel for taking metal
> plant labels out of
> the ground and moving them around!.
> Have also decided that Tiny tears, Green Elf, Green Eyes, Rock
> Princess,Little Jim and Chartreuse Wiggles must be moved to a
> trough because they are getting lost in the bigger garden (only
> 13 by 6 ft).  The trough will show them off better.  Am planning
> on using regular
> potting soil in the trough.  Will probably have to protect it
> some this winter.
> Has anyone grown these in a trough?  How did you winter protect?
> Diana Pederson, Michigan, Zone 5, United States
> SUITE101 Editor:  http://www.suite101.com/topics/page.cfm/262
> Home page:
> http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/1945/index.html
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