Hostas are among the most adored foliage plants for shady parts of the garden. They look magnificent when mass planted under trees, either as a single variety or clumps of assorted varieties. They also grow well in pots or garden beds on the shady side of the house and they don’t take much space. As moisture loving plants, they thrive alongside ponds and streams.
With the countless Hosta varieties on offer, there is a huge choice of leaf shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Colours range from bright chartreuse through forest greens, cool blues and silver greys, and there are many cream or yellow variegated forms. Heights range from ankle to shoulder height, some with huge leaves, others with masses of smaller leaves.
These timeless garden perennials are deciduous, disappearing from view in winter. But this means they’re cold hardy and able to thrive in a wide range of climates. In the early spring garden there is nothing more delightful than fresh new hosta leaves unfurling from the earth.
How to grow hostas
Hosta in a pot
Hosta Purple Heart
Hosta Empress Wu
Hosta Shade Fanfare