FAQ: Hostas

FAQ: Hostas

...a perennial for partially shaded gardens

What is a Hosta?

All Hostas are shade-loving perennials that are loved for their foliage in a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. They prefer a shade or partial shady spot in the garden. They are also chosen by gardeners, beginners through experts & collectors, for their beautiful foliage as well as their extremely, low maintenance characteristics.

How do I plant a Hosta?

Hostas thrive in a well-drained soil in a shady spot and protected from hot afternoon sun. When planting, add organic matter or compost and a slow-release fertilizer. Place the hole so that the plant clump is level with the ground. Follow the plant tag directions and allow enough space for the maturing plant size.

How do I care for a Hosta?

These plants require little care. Simply, make sure they receive consistent moisture, especially if they compete with tree roots. Apply a layer of mulch to keep roots at an even temperature and keep weeds down. Make Hostas happy by feeding them with a slow release fertilizer.

What pests do Hostas have?

Snails and slugs are the most common pests of Hostas. If you see holes in the leaves, look closely at lower leaves to see if there are any slugs. If so, you can sprinkle a slug bait around the soil area of the plant.  

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Looking for a Hosta that thrives with more sun? Or, charming miniatures that are especially attractive to Hosta collectors? There is a Hosta for everyone!

SUN TOLERANT Hostas

Although Hostas thrive in partial shade, some Hostas are tolerant to sunnier conditions-- if given enough moisture. The varieties below can tolerate ¾ to full sun but their foliage might show some drying or bleaching in very hot or dry conditions.

August Moon: Bright gold leaves. 6-8” tall x 12” wide. Lavender flower. Large leaves

Elegans: Rich, medium Blue leaves. 26” tall x 48” wide. White flower. Slug resistant. 

Francee: Variegated green & white-margined leaves. 21” tall x 36” wide; Purple flowers, mounding habit… a real standout in the landscape.

Fried Green Tomatoes: Medium green leaves. 22” tall x 36” wide; White flowers. Fragrant flowers.

Guacamole: Chartreuse with dark green margins. 24” tall x 36” wide; White flowers. Fragrant flowers. 2002 Hosta of the Year.

June: Gold with blue-green margins. 15” tall x 20” wide; Lavender flowers. Likes morning sun. 2001 Hosta of the Year.

Patriot: Green with white margins. 15” tall x 18” wide; Lavender flowers. 2000 Hosta of the Year.

Sun Power: Golden yellow leaves. 26” tall x 36” wide; Lavender flowers. Wavy leaves. Slug resistant. 

 

SLUG RESISTANT Hostas

Look for Hostas with thick, quilted leaves or those that grow into a vase-shape to be more slug resistant. Try not to mulch closely to plants as the mulch often provides shelter for slugs.

Abiqua Drinking Gourd: Dark blue leaves. 20” tall x 36” wide; White flowers. Cupped, quilted leaves. Slug resistant.

August Moon: Bright gold leaves. 20” tall x 36” wide; Lavender flowers. Broad, quilted leaves.

Blue Angel: Blue-gray leaves. 32” tall x -60” wide. White flower. Puckered leaves; Mounding habit

Frances Williams: Blue with gold margin leaves. 26” tall x 36” wide. White flower. Large, corrugated leaves.

Hadspen Blue: Blue with gold margin leaves. 26” tall x 36” wide. White flower. Large, quilted leaves. Sun tolerant.

Krossa Regal: Blue-gray leaves. 30” tall x 40” wide; Lavender flowers. Upright vase-shape

Maui Buttercups: Bright gold leaves. 10” tall x 14” wide; Lavender flowers. Cupped quilted leaves.

Regal Splendor: Blue with thin white margins. 30” tall x 40” wide; Lavender flowers. 2009 Hosta of the Year. Slug resistant.

Sagae: Blue-green with bright white margins. 20” tall x 30” wide; Lavender flowers. 1997 Hosta of the Year. Slug resistant.

 

MINIATURE Hostas

A charming group of miniature Hostas that are especially loved by Hosta collectors. Place them in a spot where they can be enjoyed up close such as in containers, along pathways, rock gardens or on the front of perennial beds. Look for: 

Blue Elf: Powder-Blue leaves. 6-8” tall x 12” wide. Lavender flower. Large leaves.

Blue Mouse Ears: Blue-green leaves. 6” tall x 10” wide. Purple flower. 2008 Hosta of the Year.

Church Mouse: Blue-green leaves. 8” tall x 12” wide. Lavender flower. Wavy leaves.

Sun Mouse: Bright yellow leaves. 6” tall x 12” wide. Purple flower. Likes morning sun.

 

Fragrant Hostas

A charming group of miniature Hostas that are especially loved by Hosta collectors. Place them in a spot where they can be enjoyed up close such as in containers, along pathways, rock gardens or on the front of perennial beds. Look for:

Fragrant Blue: Frosty light blue leaves. 15” tall x 36” wide. White flower. Vigorous plant, fragrant flowers.

Fried Bananas: Gold leaves. 24” tall x 48” wide. White flower. Sun tolerant & fragrant flowers.

Fried Green Tomatoes: Medium green leaves. 22” tall x 36” wide; White flowers. Fragrant flowers.

Guacamole: Chartreuse with dark green margins. 24” tall x 36” wide; White flowers. Fragrant flowers. 2002 Hosta of the Year.

Royal Standard: Satin, green leaves. 26” tall x 40” wide; White flowers. Fragrant flowers. Sun tolerant.

So Sweet: Glossy dark green leaves edged in creamy white with chartreuse streaks. 12” tall x 22” wide; White flowers. Fragrant, showy flowers. Attracts hummingbirds. 1996 Hosta of the Year.