Hosta Plant Features
Hostas are addictive! That's what you'll discover after you plant a few in your garden. These super-easy perennials are so collectible because they come in a seemingly unlimited selection of colors, heights, and textures. From 4-inch dwarfs to 6-foot-wide giants, there's a hosta variety to fit any situation from large borders to tiny rock gardens. They look terrific in containers, too! This amazing plant also comes in different shades of green, blue, chartreuse, and bi-color. Even the plants' leaf shape and texture vary depending on variety. And let's not forget the hosta flowers. Every hosta variety develops lovely spikes of often fragrant pink, lavender, or white flowers during the summer. Hummingbirds love the flowers as much as people do. You can also use hosta leaves and flowers in fresh cut arrangements. Hardy from zones 3-9.
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Hosta Growing Instructions
Hostas grow best in shady or partially shady locations. They prefer a rich, slightly moist soil so keep them mulched for consistent soil moisture. Hosta is relatively drought tolerant, but it's still a good idea not to let them dry out too much. Dig and divide the plants every three to five years in the early spring just as the plants are putting out new growth. Slugs, snails, deer, and rabbits like hosta almost as people do so use appropriate measures to keep these unwelcome guests at bay.
Even though deer like to eat hosta, the plants are not recommended for human consumption.
Outside: Part sun
Blue, Green, Variegated, Yellow
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Hosta with these varieties:
Finding the right partner for Hosta just got easier. Interplant the bold leaves of Heuchera alongside them.
The early flowers of Hellebore appear just as the Hosta leaves break dormancy, creating a lovely pairing of color and texture.
Add an extra dose of spring color to your shade garden by planting Bleeding Heart and Hosta side by side.
Varieties: Our Favorites
'American Halo' Hosta
A beautiful, mounding hosta, 'American Halo', features corrugated blue-green leaves edged with creamy margins. White flowers appear in early summer. Plants are 28 inches tall and 72 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Ann Kulpa'
'Ann Kulpa' is a bigger variety that has green leaves streaked with golden yellow in the center, along with midsummer spikes of lavender flowers. It grows 28 inches tall and 26 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'August Moon'
Brighten your shade garden with ‘August Moon’ hosta. This easy-care variety has heart-shaped, searsuckered chartreuse foliage with pale lavender flowers in midsummer. ‘August Moon’ grows 18 inches tall and makes a great groundcover. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Blazing Saddles'
'Blazing Saddles' is a bold shade perennial that has green leaves edged in creamy white. It grows 24 inches tall and 46 inches wide and makes a big impact in the garden, especially when paired with green-leafed perennials such as liguaria or ajuga. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Blue Angel'
‘Blue Angel’ hosta has huge, heart-shaped, blue foliage that forms a solid mass of color in your garden. Relatively slug resistant, this bold hosta grows 3 feet tall and has tall spikes of white flowers in the summer. Zones 3-8
Hosta 'Bressingham Blue'
'Bressingham Blue' is a huge flowering shade plant that grows 48 inches wide and 36 inches tall. It has lovely dusty-blue leaves and lavender-white flowers in midsummer. Zones 3-8
Hosta 'Christmas Tree'
Pointed, slightly puckered bright green leaves with thin white margins make ‘Christmas Tree’ hosta a gorgeous addition to your shade or container garden. The compact plants grow 18 to 20 inches tall and have lilac flowers in the midsummer. Zones 3-10
Hosta 'City Lights'
Once established, City Lights hosta shows off huge leaves that start out chartreuse and fade to golden-green over the summer. They have a thick texture, making them more resistant to slugs than many other varieties. It grows 30 inches tall and 48 inches wide. Zones 3-8
Hosta 'Dream Queen'
Each leaf of ‘Dream Queen’ hosta is a work of art with blue and cream swirls over a lightly puckered background. Generally slug resistant, this spectacular variety grows about 2 feet tall. White flower spikes appear in midsummer. Zones 3-8
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'
The classic, seersuckered, blue-green leaves of ‘Elegans’ hosta add much-needed texture and color to the shade border. Growing 2 feet tall, ‘Elegans’ works as well in containers as it does in the garden. Zones 3-8
Hosta 'Fire and Ice'
'Fire and Ice' is a stunner related to 'Patriot', but has white leaves edged in green. The foliage has a bit of a curl, adding texture to the shade garden. It grows 16 inches tall and 30 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'First Frost'
First Frost is a stunning medium-sized hosta that shows off blue-green leaves edged in gold. It grows 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hostas make excellent groundcovers in shady spots and ‘Francee’ is one of the best. Growing 14 inches tall, this quick-growing, low-maintenance plant shows off dark green, heart-shaped leaves with pure white edges. Zones 3-9
Large, apple-green leaves with dark green margins make ‘Guacamole’ hosta a top performer in the garden. Growing 2 feet tall, the leaves of 'Guacamole’ actually become brighter if you give the plant a bit more sun. Lavender flowers appear in midsummer. Zones 3-9
The pointed, blue-green foliage of ‘Halcyon’ hosta makes a stunning companion for spring-flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips. The plants grow 18 inches tall and produce bluish flowers on tall stalks in the summer. Zones 3-8
Inniswood hosta is an outstanding variety that has golden-yellow leaves edged in green. Its thick foliage is more slug resistant than most. Inniswood hosta grows 30 inches tall and 50 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Invincible shows off thick, shiny, dark green leaves that look fantastic by themselves or paired with other shade plants. In summer, it offers fragrant lavender-pink flowers. It grows 16 inches tall and 48 inches wide. Zones 3-9
June is an award-winning hosta that sports golden-green leaves edged in blue green. It grows 20 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
Tall, vase-shaped, blue green foliage make ‘Krossa Regal’ hosta a great addition to shady or partially shade locations. The thick, wavy leaves are also believed to be more slug-resistant than other hostas. The plants can grow 3 feet tall. Zones 3-8
Hosta 'Lakeside Cupcake'
Lakeside Cupcake is a charming dwarf hosta that shows off blue-green leaves variegated with a golden-green center. It has purple flowers in midsummer and grows 12 inches tall and wide, making it useful in container gardens. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Lucky Mouse Ears'
Lucky Mouse Ears is a dwarf hosta that bears small, blue-green leaves edged in golden-yellow. It grows 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 3-9
You can’t beat ‘Minuteman’ hosta when it’s planted along a shady path or walkway. This compact variety grows 18 inches tall and shows off bright green leaves with wide white margins. The striped lavender flowers appear in early summer. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Night Before Christmas'
Night Before Christmas is a lovely variety that shows off thick, dark green leaves with bold white stripes down the center. In late summer it shows off spikes of soft lavender flowers. Night Before Christmas grows 18 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Northern Exposure'
Northern Exposure hosta is a big, bold variety that grows nearly 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide. It shows off large, blue-green leaves decorated with yellowish edges. Its pure-white flowers are good for cutting for bouquets. Zones 3-9
‘Patriot’ hosta thrives in the dark corners of your garden and produces spectacular dark green leaves with crisp white edges. The plant forms spectacular, 2-foot-tall mounds and, in midsummer, shoots up tall spikes of lavender flowers. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise'
Rainforest Sunrise is a shade-loving plant that has puckered, textural golden-yellow leaves edged in dark green. This small hosta, which grows 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide, blooms with light lavender flowers in midsummer. Zones 3-8
Hosta 'Regal Splendor'
With upright, vase-shaped foliage, ‘Regal Splendor’ hosta adds a touch of class to your shade border. Its long, blue-green leaves delicately edged in ivory will eventually form a 3-foot-tall mound of color. In the mid- to late summer, the plant sends up towering stalks of lavender blooms. Zones 3-8
Like snowflakes, no two leaves of ‘Revolution’ hosta are the same. This amazing variety shows off dark green leaves with spots, speckles and bands of cream. For extra color, the plants develop lavender flowers in midsummer. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Sleeping Beauty'
Sleeping Beauty hosta emerges in spring with lovely silvery-blue leaves variegated with white edges. As the summer progresses, the leaves fade to a rich blue-green color. It offers purple flowers in midsummer and grows 20 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'So Sweet'
So Sweet is an easy perennial that shows off green leaves edged in white. In midsummer, 'So Sweet' sends up spikes of lightly fragrant white flowers. It grows 14 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Spring Morning'
'Spring Morning' is a beautiful newer hosta that shows off golden-green foliage edged in white. It grows 18 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Stained Glass'
Big, Bold, and Beautiful, Stained Glass hosta features large chartreuse leaves edged in dark green. In late summer, it bursts into bloom produce fragrant purple flowers. Stained Glass hosta grows 30 inches tall and 48 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Sugar and Spice'
Related to 'Invincible', 'Sugar and Spice' is a fun shade perennial with shiny green leaves edged in creamy white and fragrant lavender-purple flowers in midsummer. It grows 24 inches tall and 48 inches wide. Zones 3-8
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
One of the largest hosta varieties around, Sum and Substance shows off leaves that can grow 2 feet long. The plant can clump more than 6 feet across! It offers golden-yellow foliage and fragrant white flowers. It reaches 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Summer Breeze'
Summer Breeze hosta is a reliable cultivar that offers big dark green leaves widely edged in golden green. In late summer, it offers spikes of purple blooms. This variety grows 30 inches tall and 50 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Tokudama Flavocircinalis'
Growing 12 inches tall, ‘Tokudama Flavocircinalis’ hosta makes an excellent groundcover. It has pretty blue-green foliage that’s edged in gold. Stalks of lavender flowers appear in summer. Zones 3-8
As handsome as it is vigorous, ‘Twilight’ hosta grows 2 feet tall and develops masses of large bright green leaves with broad, yellow edges. Lavender flowers complement the plant in midsummer. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Wide Brim'
Broad green leaves with irregular creamy-yellow margins give ‘Wide Brim’ hosta its name. This classic variety grows 18 inches tall and produces spikes of lavender flowers in late summer. Zones 3-9
Hosta 'Winter Snow'
One of the larger hosta varieties around, Winter Snow sports light green leaves edged in white. It has spikes of large lavender-purple flowers in midsummer that attract hummingbirds. Winter Snow hosta grows 48 inches tall and 60 inches wide. Zones 3-9