How does this lineup sound?
After much research, I have come up with what I think is a good lineup for the hostas/heuchies under my Brooklyn friend's 2 large ball-shaped bushes. She is not (yet) a hostaperson, and so is somewhat balking at the prices of hostas. She is used to the inexpensive annuals prices. Jim's Hostas has all the hostas I decided on, but they are $1-3 more expensive on every hosta. New Hampshire hosta has all but one of the lineup, but offer several only as "starter plugs". Made in the Shade has all but 2 of the proposed lineup.
My concept is to have mostly golden hostas paired with orange/red heuchies for a real "pop" under the bushes, plants which will stand out from the shade. We will do our usual annuals in the planters atop the brick porch wall and on either side of her porch steps.
Proposed hosta lineup under Bush #1 (has a slightly larger circumference of about 150"): Golden Needles/heuchie Midas Touch/Rainbow's End/heuchie Paprika/Rainforest Sunrise/heuchie Peach Flambe/Extasy/heuchie Rio/Paradise Island
Proposed hosta lineup under Bush #2 (120" circumference): Smiley Face/heuchie Vienna/Ripple Effect/heuchie Rio/Remember Me/heuchie Midas Touch/Appletini
I would like to know:
1. What do you think of the proposed hostas? Any suggestions or substitutes?
2. Which vendor do you consider the best and why?
3. What do you think about the "starter plugs"?