What about a redbud as the new hosta tree?
I went to my favorite nursery today after school, my version of a post-work martini. Their tree expert happily showed me around their "Secret Garden", a truly fabulous Garden of Eden hidden behind the main building. I saw a tree that made me swoon with delight for its loveliness. It was about 8' tall, in a tub, and the gentleman identified it as a redbud. When I turned over the price tag, I nearly swooned, but for another reason. The asking price was...$500!!
Taking to my computer (instead of my bed from the shock), I discovered that there is a "Million Trees Giveaway" by the NYC Department of Parks. There are various fall giveaway dates and locations all over the city, including one near me in late October. I contacted the fella in charge of this program, and he told me that quite possibly I could get a redbud at the giveaway. It would be 4-6' tall and not nearly as developed as the one at the nursery, but at least I'd have a start, and for FREE.
My question is, (1) what about a redbud and (2) it would be a few years before it's big enough to really shade the hosta garden--what could I do in the meanwhile to keep the hostas and heuchies from sun scorch?
Wish me luck in being among the first people to get to the giveaway and thus have the best chance of getting a great tree.