Hostas come in a range of sizes as well as leaf colors and patterns. There are diminutive hostas under a foot tall for the small garden or front of border, and large 3-foot-wide specimens for larger areas. Foliage ranges from lime green to blue-gray—with many variegations to brighten shady areas. As if that wasn’t enough, there are tall stalks topped with nodding flowers in summer. Some flowers are fragrant.
Good companions include impatiens, begonia, coralbells (Heuchera), foamflower (Heucherella), brunnera, ajuga, and ferns.
Plant Type: Perennial
Zones: 3 - 8
Height: 6 in – 3 ft
Width: 8 in – 3 ft
Light Exposure: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Bloom Color: Purple, White
Bloom Time: Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer
Foilage Color: Blue/Silver, Green, Chartreuse, Yellow/Orange, Variegated
Special Features: Fragrant Flowers, Low Maintenance
Uses: Groundcover, Slope/Erosion
Hostas are practically maintenance free. Cut out dead flower stalks in late summer, and clip and remove foliage once the season is done. Provide ample moisture during the growing season. Yellow-leaf cultivars do better in sun than other hostas. All prefer a humus-rich soil amended with compost.