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Getting Those Potted Plants in the Ground

Category: Starting and Maintaining the Garden | Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:58 pm

This spring I had put small starts of hostas and other perennials and annuals into several large pots. I had finally decided where I wanted most of the hostas to go so it was time to dig some holes. Shovel in hand I got digging and filled the wheelbarrow with soil. Plants are in the ground and now there are a few less pots to worry about watering.


A few slug riddled hostas and perennials tucked into the ground ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

Even with constant slug irradication measures the slugs still seem to find ways to survive and munch on most hostas. None of the hostas were taken to the ground so I guess I was successful. I should take out stock in Sluggo, slug bait, though.

Now I am trying to visualize how the garden will look once the hostas and some of the other deciduous perennials die back. Some areas will have even larger holes than they do now so I am trying to plan how I might fill those holes. I will be dividing and moving ground covers. The cooler nights should help but I will have to be on top of the watering in this shady area if I want the transplants to survive. This is so much easier said than dragging around heavy hoses.


Woodland area from the back high spot ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Woodland area from the low area looking east ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

I am pleased with the size of the hostas purchased last year, and some of the big box hostas purchased this spring. They are all doing great and for all but one variety I can really see what their mature size will be.


( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Harts tongue ferns, June hosta underplanted with BC ginger. Primroses are blooming again. Half of these are starts from earlier this summer. ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Sum and substance hosta with a variety of ferns and calla lilies ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

Sum and substance is going to be a big beauty.


Fragrant bouquet hostas and hellebores ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

The area with fragrant bouquet I think I will winter plant more pansies for ground cover and a little brightness in this very dark dry corner.


Elegance hosta (I think) and impatiences ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

In the previous photo you can see part of my hedging duties to do by elegance. The ivy hedge hasn't been trimmed this year. This hosta is also going to be a beautiful large stand out I think. Might be another area to move some ground cover into. It's neighbor powder blue is still too small to tell and only a very experience gardener could find it in this bad photo. Buying $5 hostas from growers gives you the smallest piece of started root. I did get some varieties i would not have otherwise. Guess it filled my collecting need. They are all growing but will take several years to see their true beauty. A few I are so small I am still keeping them in pots. Hopefully I won't loose any of them. Here are what some of the other tiny starts look like now.


Powder blue start ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


First frost start ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Big Daddy start ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Praying hands hosta ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

Happy gardening all.




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Comments

 

Kay wrote on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:58 pm:


I love seeing and hearing about the progress of your gardens this year! Love the Hostas, you will surely enjoy watching them grow each season.




 

Netty wrote on Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:55 pm:


Oooohhhh, I see the Hosta bug has bitten you too! Happens to the best of us ;)
Seriously though, I have noticed since Hosta's have gained in popularity the prices have gone WAY up. I think that buying small starts for $5 is the only way most collectors can get new plants.




 

waretrop wrote on Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:06 am:


Very very pleasant Jewell. I love what you have done in your gardens.




mini2shoes wrote on Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:38 am:


BEAUTIFUL!





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