Dan, Mary, Andrew
Dan, Mary, and Andrew all make useful and imaginative comments with regard
to hosta plantings and the design of gardens in general. I printed out
their posts because they give voice to topics which I think about often
in the garden. Interestingly, each presents a challenge without denying
the reality of the others' opinions. This tells us all alot about hostaphiles!
I have both specimen gardens and mass (but not massive) plantings. I
think there is a way to integrate the two without, as Andrew notes, exhausting
the eye. We've all walked past those gardens that give us pause:
what were the gardeners thinking of? The garden appears wrong for
the buildings, disjointed, lopsided, or just plain too busy. Just looking
at it makes the viewer tired. If you are like me, you file these away under
Things I'll Never Do.
But how does this help us design a good working hosta garden that shows
off both the species and our specimens? The answer to this question is
highly individual, as Mary has pointed out.