There is a wide assortment of Hosta Varieties that will grow in a low light garden. There are even a few different types of hosta plants with variegated or bright green leaves that will really stand out in a shade garden.
First Frost Hosta
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‘First Frost’ is resistant to pests and puts on a colorful display in your garden all season long. It maintains its outstanding blue color and beautiful edging until the “first frost” in the fall; named a Designer Hosta™ and 2010 Hosta of the Year! Since the foliage spreads 3 feet wide, ‘First Frost’ is a fine size for groundcover, edging, or specimen use. This low care perennial is ideal for shady positions.
Wide Brim Hosta
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The Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ has a deep blue-green center with very wide, irregular margins of cream with gold tints at maturity, making it very striking. The lavender flowers bloom from July to August, however, hostas are not known only for their flowers. With this plant having a height of 20” and a spread of 32-36”, ‘Wide Brim’ Hosta provides bright color in shade with its wonderful foliage. Plant this low care plant in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration; too much sun will burn the leaves. ‘Wide Brim’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant.
Frances Williams Hosta
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‘Frances Williams’ is an attention-getter for your shady garden. The large green leaves have a splotched chartreuse edge and can grow to over a foot long and wide! These are not diminutive plants that daintily edge your planting beds. These monsters can get over 2’ tall and up to two yards wide and will fill your shady bed without a second thought. Plan accordingly! Frances Williams Hosta loves the shade – the sun can scorch the leaves. Keep them happy with a well-drained soil that gets plenty of water during the growing season.
August Moon Hosta
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The Hosta ‘August Moon’, Hosta sieboldiana, has wide, heart-shaped gold-colored foliage with slightly rippled margins, making it very striking! The white to pale lavender flowers bloom from July to August. Hostas are not known only for their flowers, but mostly for their foliage. With a plant height of 24” and a spread of 24-36”, ‘August Moon’ provides bright color in shade with its wonderful foliage. Hosta ‘August Moon’ needs to be planted in a full shade area in any moist, well-drained area. It grows best in highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. This low care perennial is ideal for tubs and patio pots, and one of the most popular for landscape uses. A great choice for any beginner gardener! ‘August Moon’ needs high-filtered or dappled sunlight which is necessary for clean, healthy growth.
Hosta Halcyon is a reliable winner that requires little attention. The Halcyon Hosta is made for the shade and is the most interesting frosty ocean-blue color, earning it the 1997 Award of Merit (AGM). It’s a vigorous (but slower) grower with ribbed, spear-shaped foliage that sits underneath white-to-lavender bell-shaped flowers from July to August. But the real show is the foliage itself. Slug-resistant attracts hummingbirds during blooming. Halycon Hosta grows in the familiar “fountain” mound shape to about 2’ tall and wide, and prefers full shade in a moist but well-drained spot.
Forbidden Fruit Hosta
Forbidden Fruit is a standout! The leaves are golden yellow with a subtle orange tint in the center and a contrasting wide blue-green margin. They are extra-thick, too, which tends to keep slugs and other shade garden pests moving on to easier leaves to eat. Forbidden Fruit will catch your eye from across the garden – more so if you plant it in big drifts under your shade trees. It would be sinful not to order these for your garden, especially if you have a troublesome shady spot. They look best in groups of three or more, so order plenty!* Striking foliage * Shade-loving* Lavender flower spikes in summer.
Regal Splendor Hosta
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This very elegant looking host provides tall stems of lavender flowers that appear in August. ‘Regal Splendor’ received the 2003 American Hosta Growers Group Hosta of the Year. Once it has matured, ‘Regal Splendor’ is definitely one of the most beautiful hostas in the garden! ‘Regal Splendor’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. Once the ‘Regal Splendor’ has matured into its very elegant famous vase-shaped form, it may become your favorite hosta! * Frosty Blue Leaves Edged with Yellow* Lavender Flowers in August
Hosta Elegans (Hosta Sieboldiana Elegans).This hosta is extra-large with eye-catching heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are a beautiful shade of blue-green and have such a unique texture they look almost as if they have been stitched by a seamstress. As if the striking leaves weren’t enough, they sport long wands of white flowers from July to August. The flowers make the plant reach 30” tall and they spread 48-60” wide. Give this elegant lady room to grow! Hosta ‘Elegans’ needs to be planted in full shade in any moist, well-drained area. Use this low care perennial in shady woodland settings, foundation plantings, or your favorite pot. A great choice for any beginner gardener, this blue-green giant hosta will certainly be outstanding wherever it is planted!
Fragrant Bouquet Hosta
Fragrant Bouquet packs a double-whammy! Besides the strikingly colored leaves – apple green with a creamy white edge – this shade lover shoots up highly scented cream-colored flowers in late summer. Talk about a conversation piece! Planted around a shaded garden bench, this hosta will reward you with beautiful sparkling foliage all summer and into fall. When the flowers spike and perfume your shady nook, you’ll wonder why you’ve never planted these lovely hostas before. Hummingbirds love the large tubular flowers also, so you can be sure of plenty of feathered visitors to your garden. A few hours of morning sunlight will bring out the best color in Fragrant Bouquet Hosta, but it will thrive in a totally shaded spot.
Minuteman, Hosta ‘Minuteman’, has bold creamy white margins on thick dark green leaves, which makes this Hosta a real knockout! The dark green center, with erect leaves, makes this a very eye-catching and handsome mound. Pale lavender striped flowers are an added bonus, and this hosta demonstrates good sun tolerance. ‘Minuteman’ is a selection from Hosta ‘Francee’ and an improvement over the very popular Hosta ‘Patriot’; however, the white margin does not go as deep into the leaf. Plant ‘Minuteman’ in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration. Too much sun will burn the leaves, although ‘Minuteman’ has some sun tolerance.
Gold Standard Hosta
‘Gold Standard’ is the chameleon of the hosta world. The big leaves (8” long and 5” across) start off in spring deep chartreuse with a mottled green edge. Then as summer progresses the chartreuse changes to golden yellow and finally in late summer will fade to a creamy white. A completely enchanting look for your deep shade garden! Use these lovely plants to add a woodland feel to your shady nooks or a very modern look to a geometric bed or border. Gold Standard Hosta even does fine in a well-drained container. The big leaves are perfect foils for other shade lovers like hydrangeas and astilbes. These undemanding plants just need a well-drained soil that gets plenty of water during the growing season to stay happy.
Fire Island Hosta
Hosta ‘Fire Island’, extends into the base of the leaves for a wonderful contrast. In the summer, the foliage darkens to chartreuse. Hosta ‘Fire Island’ is a vigorous grower that shows best in full shade. Lavender blooms top the clump in summer. This low care perennial is ideal for shady positions. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants. These small hostas have a very striking appearance!* Bright Yellow Green Foliage All Summer* Lavender Flowers*
Praying Hands Hosta
Praying Hands, Hosta ‘Praying Hands’, is a fascinating new hosta with an unusual form that definitely makes it a collector’s hosta. The upright, narrow, tightly folded leaves resemble hands folded in prayer. The folded leaves reveal the prominent veining on the backside of the leaves. ‘Praying Hands’ has dark green leaves and is also heavily rippled with a thin, gold margin. It displays lavender flowers in late summer. A must-have for any gardener looking for something unique!
Mighty Mouse Hosta
Hosta ‘Mighty Mouse’, is a small and colorful little beauty that packs a mighty big punch! Mighty Mouse is outstanding when planted in containers as it shows off its mouse ear-shaped leaves that are variegated blue-green with a creamy white edge. This tough, 8″ high, petite, clumping plant produces lavender flowers and would look fantastic along a border. Mighty Mouse is loved for its variegated coloring, but it is also liked because it resists snails and slugs! It is a low care perennial that is ideal for a shady area. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas.
Hosta ‘Sagae’ is one of our favorites! With very heavy, visual substance and good slug resistance, ‘Sagae’ provides pale, lavender flowers on 34″ tall scapes in mid-summer. A previous winner of numerous awards including Trophy Award, Benedict Award, and American Hosta Growers Society Hosta of the Year. ‘Sagae’ is considered to be the most dramatic variegated Hosta ever introduced. Plants mature into breath-taking specimens reaching grand widths! The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration. Too much sun will burn the leaves. ‘Sagae’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant.
Fire and Ice Hosta
Hosta Fire and Ice is like fireworks on a dark night. These small Hostas have pure white leaves edged in a thick rim of dark, emerald-green. The leaves begin in the spring and go strong until the first frost. As an added bonus, in late summer Fire and Ice Hosta shoots up long spikes of purple flowers. Plant these around a shaded patio or gazebo and instantly up the ‘Wow’ factor of your garden. All these easy plants need is well-drained soil and a few hours of morning sun to be truly happy. The striking color combo looks great when mixed with other Hostas and shade-loving plants like classic Bleeding Hearts or Hydrangeas.
Hosta Paul’s Glory
Hosta ‘Paul’s Glory’ is a low care perennial that is ideal for shady positions, tubs and patio pots, and is one of the most popular landscape plants around. The large, heart-shaped, pointed leaves are brilliant gold with a wide blue edge! The pale-lavender flowers of this fast-growing Hosta appear in early summer on 2-foot stems, providing bright color in shade. The Hosta ‘Paul’s Glory’, was Hosta of the year in 1999. A great choice for any beginner gardener! Plant ‘Paul’s Glory’ in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration. Too much sun will burn the leaves. Hosta experts believe that ‘Paul’s Glory’ is one of the best gold Hostas available!
Hosta ‘Satisfaction’, is an incredibly spectacular and dramatic gold-edged sport of Hosta Piedmont Gold. ‘Satisfaction’ is bordered by wide leaf margins that are light green at first, and then turn bright gold in early summer. The gold margins get to be about 2″ wide at maturity; near white flowers top the clump in midsummer. ‘Satisfaction’ is a low mounded and stunning Hosta. It will have an impact on any area of your shade garden, and the margins turn cream if it’s placed in a sunny location! ‘Satisfaction’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. Because of its brilliant colors, ‘Satisfaction’ is one of the most show-stopping Hostas in any garden!
Francee Hosta is beloved for its vigorous growth and carefree nature along with its reliable, long-lasting display. In fact, it is often considered the best of the white-edged foliage Hostas. The dark green, heart-shaped leaves are delicately edged in pristine white, with a heavily textured appearance that maintains its coloring well throughout the seasons. Summer brings the addition of tall stems that arise out of the foliage to display racemes of tiny, trumpet-shaped white blossoms that have been lightly dusted with a lavender hue. Francee Hosta is a herbaceous perennial that has a low-growing, mounded nature and is adaptable to a variety of soils. It is at home in both shade and part shade, and can even thrive in some sun. Francee is drought tolerant (once established), and although a friend to wildlife, will not be attractive to deer or rabbits. It works well in containers and is even sometimes used in cut flower arrangements. Hostas are usually thought of as requiring shade, but Francee is a variety that can perform well in both shade and sun. If you’ve given up on having a Hosta of your own because your yard has too much sun, think again. With the right balance of sun and shade, Francee may be the Hosta for you this year.
Sum and Substance Hosta
Known for their leaves in striking textures and patterns, Hostas are one of the best plants for shade for both the beginning and experienced gardener. Some Hostas stand out for things other than their striking leaves, though. Sum and Substance Hosta, (Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’) is one of those plants. Not only does it have huge, rounded leaves with an amazing texture and heavy puckering, but it sports lavender flowers on 50″ tall spikes. That’s over 4 feet tall! Talk about lighting up the shade garden. The plant itself reaches a height of 36″ and a spread of 60″. That’s a big deal! This is a giant plant with colorful foliage that will need space to grow, so don’t be stingy with the room. Sum and Substance does great in deep shade, but a little morning sun will help its striking gold-chartreuse color reach its full depth. (Not too much sun or it will burn!) Besides that, all this easy-care plant needs is some water and well-drained soil, then stand back and watch it do its thing. ‘Sum and Substance’ was named Hosta of the Year in 2004.
June Hosta is an award winner, thank you very much. Selected by the American Hosta Growers as the “Hosta of the Year 2001”, this brightly colored plant can become the backbone of your partial shade garden bed. As a rule of thumb, Hostas look much better when planted in a loose, “organic” open curve that winds its way along the front of your garden bed. In just a year or two, you’ll be amazed at how much brighter that area looks. This is a medium-sized Hosta, which grows in tidy clumps. June features deeply variegated leaves painted with colors from blue-green to gold and lime green. Because of their dramatic coloring, select June to play the role of “Superstar” in your shade garden bed. Pair June with supporting actors from the Hosta family. Contrast it with larger leaved selections, such as Empress Wu. Play off the dark green foliage of Regal Splendor or pick out the brightest color by partnering with the chartreuse green of August Moon.
Big Daddy Hosta
The Hosta Big Daddy, Hosta ‘Big Daddy’, is a large selection that has huge, frosty blue leaves that are cupped and heavily quilted. The pale lavender flowers come on in July, however, Hostas are not known only for their flowers. Hostas provide bright color in shade with wonderful foliage and ‘Big Daddy’ is no exception! Hosta ‘Big Daddy’ needs to be planted in a full shade area in any moist, well-drained spot and has good slug resistance. This low-care perennial is ideal for shady positions, tubs and patio pots, and is one of the most popular landscape plants. A great choice for any beginner gardener! This blue-leaved plant is a standout in any garden area. With unbeatable curb appeal, ‘Big Daddy’ is eye catching and appealing. The beautiful pale-lavender flowers appear in mid to late summer and attract hummingbirds.
Hosta Dance with Me
Hosta ‘Dance with Me’, will put on a fantastic performance in your landscape! It is a medium-sized Hosta and produces lavender flowers in late summer that attract hummingbirds. The heart-shaped, nearly round leaves are thick and heavily textured and have a pale yellow color with light green margins. ‘Dance with Me’ will produce long season appeal and has good resistance to garden pests. It is a low care perennial that is ideal for a slightly sunny area. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc. With its colorful and heavily textured leaves, ‘Dance with Me’ will put on an outstanding performance in any shaded landscape!
Hosta ‘Celestial’, is a large plant that has deeply corrugated, rounded leaves that measure 12-15″ long! This new variety is considered by some Hosta experts to be an improvement over ‘Northern Halo’ and other white-edged Sieboldiana types. This Hosta offers attractive, corrugated, green leaves with a wide cream border! This cream-edged, low care perennial and often works well as specimen or edging is ideal for shady positions. It is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. ‘Celestial’ starts out with dark-green leaves with a greenish-yellow color swept across the margins and then brightens to a creamy white in the summer. In midsummer, pale-lavender flowers are produced on very tall scapes. ‘Celestial’ needs high-filtered or dappled sunlight for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to Hostas!
Hosta Great Expectations
The Hosta Great Expectations, ‘Hosta sieboldiana’, has puckered heart-shaped leaves with creamy yellow centers and irregular blue-green edges. This Hosta is prized for its unique, large, textured leaves that have a puckered appearance. The white flowers bloom from July to August and provide bright color in shade with wonderful foliage. Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ needs to be planted in a full shade area in any moist, well-drained location. This low care perennial is ideal for shady positions, tubs, and patio pots, and one of the most popular landscape uses. A great choice for any beginner gardener!
Hosta ‘Fireworks’ (PP#16,062), is a dwarf, narrow margined, small sport of Hosta ‘Loyalist’. It has very unique, upright foliage! The creamy white leaves of ‘Fireworks’ are very narrow and have a two-tone green margin that streak around the edges. Hosta ‘Fireworks’ is perfect for the smaller garden. The very pretty light lavender flowers appear on 12-inch scapes in midsummer. Add a small-sized blast of thick green and white leaves to your garden with this hardy hosta, and it will regale you with delicate lavender flowers in early summer! This low care perennial is ideal for shady positions. With its incredible two-toned foliage, this charming, small hosta will certainly be outstanding in a small shaded area!
Hosta ‘Seducer’, is a very large Hosta with broad, dark-green leaves. ‘Seducer’ has dark-green leaves that are trimmed in slightly ruffled, yellow margins. There is a trace of a white line that develops between the two colors as the season progresses; summer heat is needed for the white line to develop. Late summer through fall, the clump is topped by near white flowers that rise on tall scapes. Because ‘Seducer’ has large leaves its coloration is very distinct. ‘Seducer’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. ‘Seducer’ has an amazing assortment of colors in each leaf that intensifies in bright light; fairly sun tolerant but should be given dappled shade.
Hosta Journey’s End
Hosta ‘Journey’s End’ (PP#16,895), is an impressive sport of Hosta ‘Choo Choo Train’ that grows to a wide clump! Its exquisite leaf form and good substance make ‘Journey’s End’ a garden must! The large, yellow-gold leaves have ruffled, dark green edges with multiple shades of green. The oval shape of the slightly textured leaves gives this plant added interest. Pale lavender, nearly white, tubular flowers bloom in June and July. ‘Journey’s End’ is a low care perennial and is ideal for shady positions, and is one of the most popular for landscapes. This is a beautiful upright Hosta plant with great colors. ‘Journey’s End’ needs lots of space to grow and spread since the ruffled leaves are quite large, measuring 14 inches long by 10 inches wide!
Yankee Blue Hosta
‘Yankee Blue’ has elongated wedge-shaped leaves with wavy margins that hold their blue color all summer, then later in the season, the color changes to blue-green. Nearly white flowers appear on tall scapes in midsummer. ‘Yankee Blue’ is a hosta that forms a full, symmetrical, wide mound that really brightens up a shady area. Plant this low care plant in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration. Too much sun will burn the leaves. ‘Yankee Blue’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. ‘Yankee Blue’ has excellent vigor, especially for a blue! This may become your favorite blue hosta yet!
Aureomarginata Hosta (Hosta ‘Fortunei Aureomarginata’) is a superb choice to edge garden beds located under small trees such as Western Redbud or Autumn Blooming Cherry. Use this low maintenance charmer “en masse”. That means it’s best to plant 3, 5, 7, or 9 of these plants in a slightly zig-zagging pattern along the edge of your garden bed. You’ll love the way it will naturalize to form natural drifts under your maturing trees, or along woodland paths. Forming an upright, vase-like shape with arching, heart-shaped leaves edged in golden margins, this plant will brighten up any shady spot you may have. Every summer, you’ll also be rewarded with lilac-colored fairy bell-shaped blossoms that are held high above the leaves. Low maintenance and compact in size – but not in visual impact.
If you are in search of a “Crown Jewel” for a new, or existing Hosta collection – the Whirlwind Hosta is a fabulous selection. These will grow beautifully for you in well-drained soil in partial or full shade. Whirlwind is a highly textured selection featuring large, deeply ribbed, wavy leaves. But it’s the rare coloration that really sets this plant apart from its peers. Every leaf is unique, painted with broad brushstrokes of white, creamy yellow, bold lime green, and spring green. Variegated foliage keeps your garden design interesting, even while plants are out of their bloom season. Whirlwind looks great all season long, and you can even use the beautiful foliage for use in cut flower arrangements. You’ll look forward to late summer when pale lavender blooms that emerge above the wonderful leaves. This is a perfect selection for shade or woodland gardens, containers and is excellent used in mass and understory edging.
Rainbow’s End Hosta
If you have a shade garden, you need a Rainbow’s End Hosta for your collection. This one is the focal point. Sure, some Hostas may have bigger, bluer leaves – but this is the one to watch. Every single leaf is painted with a unique pattern. Wide striations of shade – from creamy white to bright yellow, into acid green and into deep olive – this plant looks like it was painted by Picasso! Perfect for shade or woodland gardens and even as a noteworthy “filler” in containers. Plant multiple Rainbow’s End Hosta all along the edge of beds located underneath small, pretty trees like Pink or White dogwood. This plant brightens shady areas, it’s literally like catching the sun.
Hosta Old Glory
Hosta ‘Old Glory’ (PP#12,503), will add color to your landscape foliage with this medium size Designer Hosta from Shady Oaks Nursery. Hosta ‘Old Glory’ PP12503 is a sport of ‘Glory’ and has sweet, heart-shaped leaves with golden yellow centers. This golden yellow hosta has a 1″ slightly rippled, dark green margin. In midsummer, 24″ scapes are produced that display soft light lavender flowers. This fast-growing sport of Hosta ‘Glory’ will take your breath away! Plant ‘Old Glory’ in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration; too much sun will burn the leaves. This ‘Old Glory’ Hosta is a very vigorous grower forming three feet wide clumps in a relatively short time.
The Hosta Paradigm, ‘Paradigm’, is a hosta that has lots of appeal throughout the spring and summer. Young leaves have chartreuse centers with light green edges that seem to capture the morning sunlight in spring. Later in summer, the leaves mature to golden yellow centers with blue-green edges that simply glow in the late evening sun. Hostas need dappled shade and will burn in dry or sunny environments. They need plenty of nitrogen to form vigorous leafy growth but will thrive in most soils, including clay, as long as the plants are well irrigated. This variety is good as a specimen or mixed in bold groups. It makes a good foundation planting for shady spots and works well in containers when young. It was awarded Hosta of the Year 2007.
Autumn Frost Hosta
Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’, is derived from a line of champion hostas. With unbeatable curb appeal, ‘Autumn Frost’ is a low care perennial that is ideal for tubs and patio pots, and one of the most popular for landscape uses. A showier version of First Frost, ‘Autumn Frost’ has leaves that emerge a frosty blue but have” extra-wide” bright yellow margins; then these margins lighten to a creamy white during summer. ‘Autumn Frost’ forms a 12″ mound and is a standout in any garden area. Beautiful lavender flowers appear in mid to late summer and attract hummingbirds. You will be very pleased with the mounding habit, striking foliage, and easy care of ‘Autumn Frost’!
Maui Buttercups Hosta
Hosta Maui Buttercups, Hosta ‘Maui Buttercups’, is one of the best yellow hostas on the market! The bright, rounded leaves are deeply cupped and corrugated. They have a thick, leathery substance and demonstrate good slug resistance. ‘Maui Buttercups’ is a nice medium-sized hosta that brightens the shade garden, and one of the very best yellow Hostas. It has flared, medium violet flowers that appear on 18″ scapes in midsummer. Plant ‘Maui Buttercups’ in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration. Too much sun will burn the leaves. One of the finest yellow-leafed hostas, ‘Maui Buttercups’ is always ready to brighten small garden spaces!
Pineapple Punch Hosta
Hosta ‘Pineapple Punch’, has narrow, rippling, extremely ruffled, lance-shaped leaves that start off creamy yellow, and then turn white. A lovely sport of Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, Pineapple Punch is medium-sized with an arching mound. It displays light lavender blossoms on tall flower scapes in late summer. Since ‘Pineapple Punch’ is an excellent grower, spreading from underground rhizomes, it makes an outstanding border plant or groundcover!
The Hosta ‘Patriot’, Hosta fortunei, has heart-shaped, glossy medium green leaves with a large white margin, making this variety very striking! The lavender flowers bloom from July to August, and it has a plant height of 22” and a spread of 36-48”. ‘Patriot’ provides bright color in shade with its wonderful foliage. Patriot Hosta is a former winner of “Host of the Year” from the American Hosta Growers. If you have ever seen it, you will know why-it literally brings light to shade! Plant ‘Patriot’ in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration. Too much sun will burn the leaves. With its outstanding coloration, ‘Patriot’ is one of the most striking and exciting hostas to have in your shade garden!
Blue Angel Hosta
The Hosta Blue Angel, Hosta ‘Blue Angel’, has huge, heart-shaped blue-grey leaves and tall stems producing lavender colored flowers! This low care perennial is ideal for shady positions, tubs and patio pots, and is one of the most popular landscape plants. A great choice for any beginner gardener!The lavender flowers of this fast-growing 36″ hosta bloom in mid-summer. Hostas are not only known for their flowers, but for their colorful foliage as well. With unbeatable curb appeal, ‘Blue Angel’ is eye-catching and appealing with its great foliage and beautiful cream-colored flowers that create a distinct contrast. Blue Angel’ will add color and texture to any shady area of your garden!
Empress Wu Hosta
Hosta ‘Empress Wu’, is a very impressive hosta that rises above any other hosta plant! It was named in honor of the only female emperor to rule China. Empress Wu produces a strong clump-forming plant that is a fast grower with an outstanding upright growth habit. Measuring 15 or more inches across, the dark green leaves are massive! Because of its size and fast growth rate, Empress Wu demands a soil that is consistently moist but not soggy. In order for Empress Wu to reach its mature growth size, it needs consistent soil moisture and it should be fed three times per season.
Queen of the Seas Hosta
Hosta Queen of the Seas, Hosta ‘Queen of the Seas’, lets you make a statement in your garden. This new dynamic, vibrant, blue hosta has a tall, upright form and forms a huge 48” clump! The ‘Queen of the Seas’ displays large, blue-green leaves that have wavy pie-crust margins, and are heart-shaped. The nearly white flowers are produced in early to midsummer. Hosta ‘Queen of the Seas’ won the “Best of Show” award at the 1997 American Hosta Society national convention! In midsummer, the ‘Queen of the Seas’ clumps are topped with 3′ spikes of nearly white flowers. ‘Queen of the Seas’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as specimen or edging plants. If you want to add some architectural interest and color to your shade garden, be sure to include ‘Queen of the Seas’!
Tropical Dancer Hosta
Hosta ‘Tropical Dancer’, puts on a colorful show with its heart-shaped wavy green leaves. These elongated leaves are trimmed with creamy white margins that are tightly ruffled and serrated. The margins brighten to white later in the season. Forming a broad showy clump in the garden, ‘Tropical Dancer’ is a strong grower and produces lavender flowers on upright scapes in the summer. With its great form and ruffled, wavy leaves, this ‘Tropical Dancer’ hosta almost seems to be in motion!
Stained Glass Hosta
Hosta ‘Stained Glass’, is a sport of the hosta ‘Guacamole’ and is a previous winner of the ‘Hosta of the Year’ from the American Hosta Growers Society. It is considered one of the best hostas to be released in years! It has shiny, deeply veined, golden foliage which almost appears to give the leaves a stained glass effect. Each leaf is surrounded by a dark green margin. The fragrant lavender flowers of this hosta appear in late summer, providing bright color in shade along with its colorful foliage.‘Stained Glass’ is a sun tolerant hosta and should be planted in any moist, well-drained spot. ‘Stained Glass’ is most at home in woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. Since it exhibits some sun tolerance, it can be located in partial sun to partial shade.
Dream Weaver Hosta
Hosta ‘Dream Weaver’, is a choice sport of the very popular Hosta ‘Great Expectations’. The large, distinctive leaves have thick substance and very wide 3″ blue-green margins that make a dramatic contrast against the creamy white leaf centers. ‘Dream Weaver’ is lightly cupped, lightly corrugated, and has thick substance. A gorgeous hosta and the creamy white flowers are just the icing on the cake with this one! It forms a generous mound that really stands out from the rest. ‘Dream Weaver’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. ‘Dream Weaver’ will become a favorite since it makes a grand statement wherever it is planted!
Key West Hosta
Hosta ‘Key West’, is a member of the ‘Americana Series’. This very large, fast-growing Hosta is a cross between Hosta ‘Elatior’ and ‘High Noon’.Hosta ‘Key West’ is a lovely plant with its smooth heart-shaped leaves and pleasing gold color. Lavender flowers are formed in early summer. The bright gold, heart-shaped leaves are very large and form a clump of foliage that when mature, will reach over 6′ across!’Plant ‘Key West’, in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration; too much sun will burn the leaves. Being one of the largest gold Hostas, ‘Key West’ is a shockingly beautiful and superb shade plant with a tropical flair!
The Hosta Liberty, Hosta ‘Liberty’ (PP12,531), is a sport of the well-known variety Sagae and is considered by many to be the finest Hosta ever introduced! Getting rave reviews from experts, this medium-sized Hosta has dark green leaves with a wide golden-yellow margin that changes to cream in the summer. In late summer, each clump is topped with spikes of hummingbird-friendly lavender flowers. ‘Liberty’ provides bright color in shade with wonderful foliage and needs to be planted in a full shade area in any moist, well-drained spot. The leaves of ‘Liberty’ need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration; too much sun will burn the leaves. Winning the Hosta of the Year Award for 2012, ‘Liberty’ is considered by many expert gardeners to be the finest Hosta introduced in the past ten years!
Golden Tiara Hosta
‘Golden Tiara’ has thin, heart-shaped green leaves with wide chartreuse and white margins foliage, making it very striking. It is the first small hosta to have gold margined leaves! Growing quickly and having a lot of blooms, it produces dusky lavender flowers that bloom from July to August. It has a plant height of 12” and a spread of 24-36”. If you like hosta flowers, this charming plant will offer blossoms again if you cut off the scapes once the first flowers have faded. ‘Golden Tiara’ provides bright color in shade with wonderful foliage.‘Golden Tiara’ shows lots of versatility with its fast clumping habit, good form, and persistent color!* Heart-Shaped Green Leaves with Cream and Gold Margins* Lavender Rebloomer*
High Society Hosta
Hosta ‘High Society’ (PP#17,313), is a classy sport of Hosta ‘June’. This compact beauty emerges in spring with a narrow, yellow center and wide, powder blue margins. As the season progresses, the Hosta ‘High Society’ leaf center widens and brightens to white. Being a small-sized hosta, it is great for containers or the front of a border. Pale lavender flowers open just above the mound of foliage in late summer. Small and slow-growing, but is worth the wait; makes a fantastic specimen. ‘High Society’ is a low care perennial and is ideal for shady positions, tubs and patio pots, and one of the most popular landscape uses. ‘High Society’ goes completely dormant in the fall, and the dying foliage can be removed any time before mid-spring. This little compact beauty has the power to add a great amount of color to a small space!
Hosta ‘Wheee!’, has amazing rippled and ruffled foliage that shows off its appealing colors. The light green leaves of ‘Wheee!’ have cream-colored margins, and they extend from the tip all the way down the petiole to the crown. In midsummer light, lavender flowers appear on 24″ purple scapes. Plant this low care plant in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration; too much sun will burn the leaves. ‘Due to its versatility and ease of care, ‘Wheee!’ hostas are extremely popular perennials for all gardeners!
Rainforest Sunrise Hosta
Rainforest Sunrise Hosta seems to say “I may be small, but watch what I can do”! The show begins in spring when the delightfully-pointed, heart-shaped leaves emerge as a solid light green. Before long, that vibrant shade of green transitions to a majestic yellow-gold, accented with a dark green border. Add to this the highly-textured appearance of the thick, glossy foliage, and you can see why this Hosta is lauded for its decorative appeal. Petite, lavender-tinted blooms appear on 24-inch stems that rise up above cupped foliage in mid-summer, just another added little treat for your summer landscape Rainforest Sunrise Hosta will grow up to 10 inches tall with a 16-inch spread. It has an upright, mounded nature and moderate-to-fast growth rate. Rainforest Sunrise Hosta is an award-winning sport of ‘Maui Buttercups’. This lively little Hosta has the feel of a designer variety that I’m sure you’ll find is perfect for your home this summer.
Remember Me Hosta
Hosta ‘Remember Me’, is named in honor of Sandy De Boer, a former employee of Walters Gardens Inc. who died of breast cancer in 2001. Walters Gardens Inc. makes a donation for every plant sold of ‘Remember Me’ to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Hosta ‘Remember Me’ is a beautiful white-centered selection of Hosta ‘June’. The small mounds of creamy white foliage with blue-green margins make excellent plants for smaller areas or in front of the border. ‘Remember Me’ demonstrates many of the same outstanding qualities of ‘June’, like good slug resistance and thick healthy foliage. Lavender flowers add additional beauty to this hosta! ‘Remember Me’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. ‘Remember Me’ honors not only Sandy but the thousands of women who fight this life-threatening disease every day!
Lakeside Shore Master Hosta
Hosta ‘Lakeside Shore Master’, is a vigorous growing and eye-catching member of the Lakeside series. ‘Lakeside Shore Master’ Hosta commands attention in the garden with its broadly ovate blue-green leaves that develop rich ivory to yellow centers. At maturity, the leaves display some puckering. In midsummer, it produces lavender flowers. An impressive and easy to maintain Hosta, ‘Lakeside Shore Master’ is a good grower, makes a very handsome mound, and brightens up a shady area!’ Plant ‘Lakeside Shore Master’ in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration; too much sun will burn the leaves. If you need a plant that is easy to maintain and provides a bright spot in your shaded garden, ‘Lakeside Shore Master’ will certainly be the one!
Arctic Blast Hosta
Arctic Blast, Hosta has leaves that are frosted blue with white undersides, and the leaf margins are wavy with twisted pointed tips. Hosta ‘Arctic Blast’ has a vase-like, upright habit, and produces trumpet-shaped, lavender flowers that are produced on 30″ scapes in midsummer. ‘Arctic Blast’ is a large hosta that originated as a cross of ‘Komodo Dragon’ x ‘Elvis Lives’. This plant would create a great visual display in a decorative container as well as enhance your garden landscape! ‘Arctic Blast’ Hosta is an attention-getting plant in the border, along the foundation, or as an accent planting in any setting. You will be very pleased with the lovely flowers and the striking foliage of ‘Arctic Blast’!* ‘Frosted’ Pointy Leaves* Lavender Flowers
Regal Supreme Hosta
Hosta ‘Regal Supreme’, displays its wavy, attractive frosty blue leaves on an upright vase-shaped plant. Each leaf has a wide creamy-yellow margin. As the summer progresses, the leaves’ colors change to blue-green with wide, creamy white margins. This exciting hosta is topped by lavender flowers in mid through late summer on very tall scapes, hummingbirds will come often to visit!’Regal Supreme’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as a specimen or edging plant. Use this medium-sized ‘Regal Supreme’ in mass plantings for a very colorful groundcover!
Blue Mouse Ears Hosta
Blue mouse Ears’ foliage is an endearing shade of blue/green that attracts the eye throughout the season and this petite hosta even provides the added benefit of mid-summer flowers. Dainty bells of lavender decorate the stems that rise up to one foot above the foliage in July, a visual treat as well as a welcome boon for butterflies and bees. Your Blue Mouse Ears Hosta is a herbaceous perennial that will grow to the diminutive height of 6 to12 inches high with a one-foot spread. It’s easy to see why Blue Mouse Ears Hosta once won “Hosta of the Year”. It simply doesn’t get more adorable than a hosta that reminds people of mouse ears! Terrific color, a size that fits in almost anywhere and an adaptive nature makes this a must-have
Hosta ‘Loyalist’, is one of the best white centered hostas ever! This reverse variegated sport of the famous Hosta ‘Patriot’ has dark green leaf margins which contrast nicely with the nearly pure white centers. Hosta ‘Loyalist’ is a beautiful medium-sized Hosta with lots of substance that will really brighten up any shady area. Lavender blooms appear in midsummer on creamy white stems. A show-stopper, ‘Loyalist’ Hosta is long-lived, easy to care for, and attractive from spring to frost. This low care perennial is ideal for shady positions.
Captain Kirk Hosta
‘Captain Kirk’, is a notable, improved sport of the very popular Hosta ‘Gold Standard’. The leaves have bright gold centers that contrast nicely against the dark green margins. It is much more sun tolerant than other hostas! Plant in an area that receives morning sun for the best gold leaf color. As you can imagine, the contrast is truly stunning! Each 3′ wide clump is topped with lavender flowers in midsummer. The thick, waxy leaves resist slugs. ‘Captain Kirk’ is a low care perennial that needs high-filtered or dappled sunlight for clean, healthy growth. The morning sun is tolerable for this hosta and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but this hosta can handle more sun than most other hostas. This glowing two-toned beauty is a robust grower, has a neat appearance, and puts on a star performance!
Guardian Angel Hosta
Guardian Angel Hosta is a sport of ‘Blue Angel’. This hosta has large blue-green leaves that put on a show in early spring by displaying white centers. As the plant matures, it tends to keep its white centers longer into the spring season. ‘Guardian Angel’ is quite unique because it offers this unusual color patterning: in the spring, the center of each new leaf is bright white, while the margins are cool blue! This is just the opposite of normal hosta leaf patterns. By late spring, a distinctive green misting covers the white centers, and in midsummer, clusters of light lavender flowers are produced. Hosta ‘Guardian Angel’ has been chosen as a Popularity Poll winning specimen! This attractive sport of Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ can be somewhat slow-growing but will make a large mound when mature.
Touch of Class Hosta
Hosta ‘Touch of Class’ (PP13,080), is a sport of the well-known variety June only has leaves that are more upright. It is a small-sized hosta that has dark blue leaves with a yellow gold flame in the leaf center. This slow-growing hosta has lavender blooms in mid-summer. Hostas provide bright color in shade with wonderful foliage and Touch of Class is no exception. Touch of Class needs to be planted in a full shade area in any moist, well-drained spot.
Hosta Waterslide (part of the ‘Shadowland’ collection) is a real game-changer! This blue-gray Hosta has heavy, wavy, ruffled edges that make it look like a massive drop of water has just splashed down into your shade garden! It makes us giddy just looking at it. It will add such a new and unique texture to your garden that you will want to replant the entire shade area and start from scratch just to showcase this amazing plant! Even though the leaves are spectacular on their own (we don’t think that we can oversell how cool this Hosta is!) it also blooms with proportionate scapes of lavender flowers. Even if you aren’t a Hosta aficionado, you will surely appreciate the attention-getting look of this new plant.