Home Improvement

How many varieties of hostas are there?

There are 70 species of hostas and over 3,000 registered varieties, so you have lots to choose from. Though they do bloom, they are grown primarily for their beautiful foliage which adds interesting texture and color to the garden all season long.

What is the prettiest hosta?

‘June’ hosta

You’ll get the best color by growing ‘June’ in morning sun and afternoon shade. In full shade the center stays chartreuse and the blue margins fade. Slugs seem to pass by hostas, such as June, that have thick leaves and look for dinner elsewhere.

What is the largest variety of hosta?

Shadowland® ‘Empress Wu’ Hosta

  • The largest hosta, reaching over 6 feet wide!
  • Massive blue-green foliage.
  • Leathery texture is resistant to slug damage.
  • Soft violet flowers in midsummer.
  • Zones 3-9, part sun/shade, 4′ tall x 6′ wide at maturity.

How do I know what type of hosta I have?

Look at the surface of the leaves. Hostas have smooth or puckered leaves and are never haired. Their surfaces may be matt, shiny or waxy but are usually satiny. Leaf color is usually green, but some hostas may have lighter green, white or yellow stripes or rims.

What is the most common hosta?

Hosta Frances Williams

This is one of the most popular Hostas, growing in the partial or full shade. This plant is slow to establish but has thick strongly-veined blue-green leaves that have wide yellow-green margins.

Which hosta has the most fragrant flowers?


plantaginea ‘Ming Treasure’ (Zilis 1995). These are all quite superb in their vigor and large very fragrant flowers in the late summer months. The fragrant hosta that created the most stir was a double flowered form of Hosta plantaginea.

How many colors of hostas are there?

Hostas come in blue, green, gold, white – even red! – with stunning variations of these colors. Any size you want! Hosta cultivars can be as small as 2-3 inches tall (Miniature hostas) and as tall as 4 feet (see our spectacular Giant hostas).

How long does a hosta live?

Hostas require little care and will live to be 30 or more years if properly cared for. While most known for thriving in the shade garden, the reality is more nuanced. The ideal situation is dappled shade.

Do hostas get bigger every year?

Hostas are perennials, which means they will come back bigger and better every year. Most hostas grow well in Zones 3 to 9. These versatile shade plants form a mound of leaves but vary greatly by variety, offering differences in plant size, leaf shape, and leaf color.

Is Epsom salts good for hostas?

Can I use Epsom Salt on hostas? Yes! Epsom Salt is full of magnesium. It will give your hostas a great boost if applied to the ground or the leaves.

Which hostas do better in sun?

Hosta varieties with extensive white coloration or with thin leaves are likely to burn in full sun. In general, blue-leaf hostas require shade, while those with fragrant flowers, gold or yellow foliage or slight white variegation can tolerate more sun.

Where is the best place to plant hostas?

To plant hostas, select a spot that receives partial to full shade. Most types of hostas can withstand morning sun but prefer a shady setting. It’s important to know that these perennials grow best in soil that’s fertile and full of organic matter.

Does hosta like sun or shade?

Generally, hostas prefer to be out of direct sunlight. Most will tolerate morning sun, but need shade during the hottest part of the day. They are often planted beneath trees, but don’t like competition from shallow-rooted trees.

Do hostas need lots of water?

Hostas are drought tolerant, yet like moist well drained soil. If the weather is hotter, increase the watering to three times per week. Large hostas should be watered two times per week and daily during hot weather, especially if it gets more sun. Hostas growing in pots will require more frequent watering.

Do hostas spread?

Small varieties spread three times as wide as they are tall. Medium-size varieties spread twice their height, and the larger varieties are at least as wide as they are tall. Hostas are disease-resistant, but their succulent leaves are no match for slugs and snails.

How far apart should I plant hostas?

Soil Conditions: Hostas can survive in a wide range of soils but prefer a rich, moist soil, high in organic matter. Correct Spacing: Depending the variety, space plants 1 to 4 feet apart. Planting closer with allow the plants to fill in faster creating a ground cover of hosta.

Should I put mulch around my hostas?

Mulching. Apply a layer of mulch to your hostas and your shade garden in spring and fall if it is getting thin. Choose a mulch that will decompose and add humus to the soil and therefore nutrients for your plants. Examples include: compost, peat, shredded bark, pine needles, or shredded leaves.

What happens if you plant hostas too close together?

If hostas are planted too close together their roots will be competeing for moisture in the surrounding soil. If hostas do not have access to enough moisture they not grow to their full potential and their leaves can look misshapen.

What plant compliments hostas?

Astilbe, ferns, geraniums, and shady-friendly bulbs are great companions for hostas. Two of our favorites: bleeding hearts and heuchera. Bleeding heart (dicentra) plants provide delicate flowers and elegant, arching branches — the perfect contrast to bold, shiny, or variegated hosta plants.

Do hostas do well in shade?


It’s for good reason—hostas absolutely love shade. Indeed, they languish in the hot afternoon sun so your shady landscape will provide them just the right conditions.

Do hostas like coffee grounds?

Coffee grounds can be used to mulch plants that slugs love to feast on, such as hostas, ligularias and lilies. Try them for daffodils and other spring bulbs as well.

Should hosta blooms be cut off?

The American Hosta Society recommends cutting off each scape after three-fourths of the flower buds have opened; this keeps the plants from diverting energy into setting seeds for the next year so instead they’ll grow more roots and leaves.

What happens if you don’t cut back hostas?

Hostas will flatten out and get mushy after they have been frosted a few times — that is when I would clean them up. While it is a good idea to cut back hostas in very late fall, I often run out of time and do not cut them back until spring with no harmful effects.

What can I put on my hostas to keep the bugs from eating them?

The best way to protect hosta plants from bugs is to spray them with horticultural oil. Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 2 tablespoons of horticultural oil in 0.3 gallons of water and spray the hostas with it. You also need to clean the entire surface around the hostas of decaying plant debris where insects can hide.

Can you split hostas anytime?

But don’t worry if you forget—you can divide hostas any time from spring to fall. You’ll have about a four-week window to divide your hostas. Dividing hostas in the spring is best before they have fully developed and when the hosta eyes are starting to grow up. Fall division is also about a four-week window.

What is a hosta eye?

Eye A growing shoot from the crown, supporting 1 (rare) to perhaps 12 leaves. The new eyes are evident as conical projections from the crown in early spring. Also sometimes called divisions, but this is confusing when referring to a plant that has just been divided.

Can you grow hostas from leaf cuttings?

Yes, you can root hosta leaf cuttings but you have to cut the leaf with a bit of the root it is growing from, preferable with a few small roots attached to the cutting. Put it in water, change the water frequently until there are enough roots growing to pot the leaf.