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Everyone’s go-to shade plant, hostas are hard to beat for long-lasting, easy-care perennial beauty.

trio of hostas

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.

variegated hosta

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


Growing Hostas

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.

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