Hosta

Hostas are an exceptionally diverse family of woodland plants. Grown primarily for their fantatstic foliage, many also have lovely blooms, some of which are quite fragrant. They are able to tolerate a wide range of conditions, but generally prefer bright light in shaded areas. Although some hostas can take a small amount of sun, we know of no hosta that can take full sun here in central Virginia. Blue hostas maintain their color best in cool, lightly shaded situations. Some hostas will change or temporarily lose their variegation in the heat of summer.

Hostas will grow in ordinary garden soil and withstand drought and dry soils, but they are most beautiful when provided with ample moisture and organic matter. Fertilize lightly in spring for best plant development and mulch with organic matter to moderate soil temperature and moisture loss.  Remove old foliage when it dies in the fall.

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Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Deep blue-green leaves are heavily cupped and corrugated. Foliage is so cupped that when it rains, they often hold water in their leaves. An excellent specimen hosta. Near white flowers in July. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.


Hosta 'Aphrodite'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Huge (3.5”), fragrant, double white blooms appear above mounds of glossy green foliage from late July to September. One of the most fragrant hostas available! Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.


Hosta 'August Moon'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large, heavily corrugated, greenish-gold leaves. A classic gold hosta. Pale lavender flowers. Award winner. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Can be grown under black walnut trees.


Hosta 'Autumn Frost'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Broad, oblong leaves of frosty blue emerge in spring with wide yellow margins that lighten to creamy white in the summer. Light lavender flowers in July. Good substance. A Proven Winner variety. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Banana Muffins'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Light green to medium gold, rounded heart-shaped leaves are very puckered and are slightly rippled at their margins. Lavender blooms in summer.


Hosta 'Barbara Ann'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Thick, corrugated, blue-green leaves have broad creamy margins that lighten to white as the season progresses. The heart-shaped leaves may cup up slightly.


Hosta 'Big Daddy'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Thick, heavily corrugated leaves are rich blue-green and can reach 15" long and 10 1/2" wide. Slug resistant. One of the best large hostas. Near white blooms in June. Award winner.


Hosta 'Blue Angel'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Huge, heavily textured blue leaves are held like angel's wings and can reach 16" long and 12" wide. One of the finest blue hostas. Near white flowers in July.


Hosta 'Blue Cadet'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Blue, heart-shaped leaves form dense mounds. Fast growth rate and good vigor make it a good ground cover and one of the best landscape hostas. Lavender blooms in July.


Hosta 'Blue Ivory'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large blue leaves are edged in creamy white. Edges whiten and center deepens to blue-green in summer. Purple blooms in July. Thick, slug-resistant foliage is heavily quilted. Slow to reach mature size, but worth the wait. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Miniature. Its tiny blue-green leaves are only two inches across and form small 6" mounds that are topped by lavender blooms in summer. The leaves hold their color well into summer and new ones continue to unfurl throughout the season. 2008 Hosta of the Year!


Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Shiny, dark green, puckered leaves emerge bluish-green and mature to form a large mound. Near white flowers in July. Award winner.


Hosta 'Blue Wedgwood'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Blue, wedge-shaped leaves have heavy substance and are slug resistant. One of the bluest hostas. Pale lavender flowers in August.


Hosta 'Blueberry Muffin'
Common Name: Plantain Liliy

Dusty blue, heart-shaped leaves are heavily puckered, have good substance, and maintain their color until late in the season. Petioles are dusted with red specks. Lavender blooms in June. Can tolerate some morning sun.


Hosta 'Brim Cup'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This small hosta has rich dark green, seersuckered leaves with wide, irregular, creamy white margins. Pale lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Brother Stefan'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large, heavily puckered, gold leaves with wide streaky dark green margins form large clumps at maturity. Heavy, slug-resistant leaves are topped by stems of near-white blossoms in early summer. Exceptional!


Hosta 'Cameo'
Common Name: Hosta

This little hosta forms compact mounds of small, rounded heart-shaped green leaves with creamy white margins. Lavender bloom in early summer.


Hosta 'Church Mouse'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This cute miniature has blue-green leaves with subtle variegation that form neat, ruffled clumps that are topped by lavender blooms in June.


Hosta 'City Lights'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large, bright gold, heart-shaped leaves are nicely puckered and somewhat shiny. Heavily corrugated leaves have good substance and can take a bit of sun. White blooms are on 38" scapes in midseason.


Hosta 'Coast to Coast'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large plants boast solid gold, puckered leaves that turn lighter gold in summer. Plants are upright and vase-shaped and make nice specimens. Relatively slug resistant. Lavender blooms in midsummer. A Proven Winner selection.PPAF


Hosta 'Curly Fries'
Common Name: Miniature Hosta

Miniature plants have heavily rippled, long narrow leaves (6"x1") with good substance and slightly shiny top surfaces. Chartreuse early season color becomes gold by mid-summer and then creamy yellow. Lavender blooms appear on purple scapes in July.


Hosta 'Dancing Queen'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large plants have yellow leaves that maintain their yellow color all season. Strong veining and wavy margins add interest to the large leaves. Lavender blooms in late summer.


Hosta 'Dream Queen'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This sport of 'Great Expectations' has large, nearly round, bluish-green leaves that are heavily corrugated and have narrow creamy white to yellow centers. White blooms in midsummer. Reputed to have better sun tolerance than Great Expectations, but probably still needs considerable shade in the south.


Hosta 'Earth Angel'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Huge, blue-green, heart-shaped leaves have wide margins of creamy green to white. Pale lavender to near-white flowers in summer. A sport of 'Blue Angel', this one has leaves up to 12" across. 2009 Hosta of the Year!


Hosta 'Empress Wu'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Huge! A stunning specimen with its huge dark green, corrugated, heart-shaped leaves that have good substance so they don't droop. Pale lavender blooms are held just above the foliage in midsummer. A Proven Winner variety. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Fire and Ice'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Heart-shaped leaves have white centers and broad dark green margins. Sport of 'Patriot'. Forms a medium sized mound. Exceptional. Lavender flowers in August.


Hosta 'Fire Island'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Leaves emerge a brilliant yellow in spring with bright red petioles whose color extends into the leaves. Color turns more chartreuse as the season progresses. Broadly ovate, slightly corrugated leaves have rippled margins. Slug resistant.


Hosta 'Fireworks'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

This dwarf, a sport of ‘Loyalist’, has stiff, narrow, upright leaves of heavy substance that are creamy white with dark green margins. Mounds look like little bursts of fireworks. Pale lavender blooms in July.


Hosta 'First Frost'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Heart-shaped, blue-green leaves have creamy edges that lighten as the season progresses. A sport of Halcyon with same heavy substance. Lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Fragrant Blue'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Medium sized plants have chalky powder blue foliage. Elongated leaves are slightly cupped with good substance and retain their color well into summer. Lovely pale lavender, slightly fragrant blooms in August.


Hosta 'Fragrant Bouquet'
Common Name: Plantain Lily
Heart-shaped, glossy, apple-green leaves have irregular creamy-yellow margins. Vigorous grower. Hosta of the Year 1998. Spikes of fragrant near-white flowers in late summer. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Hosta 'Francee'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Thick, dark green foliage with narrow, white margins that last all season. A premier landscaping hosta. Lavender flowers in August.


Hosta 'Frances Williams'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large, puckered blue-green leaves with broad golden margins. Leaves can reach 13" long and 9" wide. Leaf edges tend to burn easily. Near white flowers in June and July.


Hosta 'Fried Bananas'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Bright chartreuse, glossy leaves characterize this fast growing sport of 'Guacamole'. Lavender flowers in August.


Hosta 'Ginko Craig'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Small elongated dark green leaves are edged in white. THE hosta for edging. Rapid grower. Purple blooms in August.


Hosta 'Gold Standard'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Leaf centers change as the season progresses from green to chartreuse to gold to white gold with a dark green margin. A rapid grower and excellent hosta. Bright light needed for best color. Pale lavender flowers in July and August.


Hosta 'Golden Tiara'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Small, heart-shaped green leaves with a gold-chartreuse border. Rapid grower that forms compact mounds. Excellent landscaping hosta. Lavender flowers. Award winner.


Hosta 'Grand Tiara'
Common Name: Hosta/Plantain Lily

A sport of 'Golden Tiara', it has larger leaves that are green with a wider gold margin. The broadly ovate leaves have good substance.


Hosta 'Great Expectations'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A sport of H. sieboldiana 'Elegans'. Center color changes from yellow in the spring to creamy-white with blue-green margins. Leaves are cupped and have thick substance. Slug resistant. Slow grower. Near white flowers in July.


Hosta 'Guacamole'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Slightly corrugated foliage has green margins that surround a beautiful chartreuse and later, bright gold, center. Leaves can reach 11" long and 9" wide. Reverse variegation of 'Fragrant Bouquet'. Hosta of the Year 2002. Fragrant near white flowers.


Hosta 'Guardian Angel'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A large hosta with thick, blue-green leaves sportiing white centers. Centers become misted with green by late spring. Leaves are heart-shaped and lightly puckered.


Hosta 'Halcyon'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Thick, blue, spear-shaped, heavily ribbed leaves hold their color well. Great in the landscape. Bluish-lavender flowers in July and August. Award winner.


Hosta 'Hudson Bay'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large leaves of creamy white have wide blue-green margins with apple green jetting between them. Good substance makes them slug resistant. A good substitute for finicky 'Great Expectations'. White blooms. A Proven Winners selection. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Humpback Whale'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This fantastic hosta makes huge, blue-green mounds of heart-shaped leaves that have an unusual hump in the mid-leaf that points the tip of the leaf downward. Corrugated leaves are bluest in early spring, turning green by early summer. White blooms.


Hosta 'Hush Puppie'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This miniature hosta has small, rounded, green leaves edged with wide, creamy yellow borders. Plants rapidly form 16" wide clumps. Dark lavender flowers in June.

 


Hosta 'Independence'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Dark green leaves with broad irregular white margins that are speckled with green flecks. Sport of 'Revolution'. Pale lavender flowers in July. Plant Patented.


Hosta 'Island Breeze'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Elegant, narrow heart-shaped leaves are bright chartreuse yellow with wide, dark green margins. Leaves have good substance. Dark lavender blooms on red petioles in July. Plants have a strong growth rate. Plant patent applied for.


Hosta 'June'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A sport of 'Halcyon' it has gold leaves bordered by a blue and green shaded margin. The leaf center bleaches to creamy-white in bright light. Excellent substance. Slug resistant. Pale lavender flowers in August. Hosta of the Year 2001.


Hosta 'Komodo Dragon'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Huge, dark green leaves with strong veins and rippled edges are borne in upright clumps. Mature plants can reach up to 7' across. Lavender blooms stand well above the foliage in July. Allow plenty of room for this giant!

 


Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Powdery blue foliage forms a large vase-shaped clump. Holds color well. Bold upright specimen. Slug resistant. Lavender flowers in August. Award winner.


Hosta 'Lakeside Cha Cha'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Wavy, chartreuse foliage is edged in white and forms a large clump. Pale lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Lakeside Cupcake'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This miniature has thick, heavily cupped and corrugated blue-green leaves that have wide white stripes in their centers. Spikes of near-white to lavender flowers arise in early summer.


Hosta 'Lakeside Paisley Print'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This small hosta has thick, heart-shaped leaves that are nicely ruffled and edged with a very wide green margin that streaks into the creamy centers. Very showy! Lavender blooms on creamy scapes in July.


Hosta 'Little Jay'
Common Name: Miniature Hosta

Miniature. Narrow, lance-shaped leaves with wide creamy centers form low clumps. The centers lighten to near white by midsummer. Leaves are gently rippled. Light purple blooms in midsummer.


Hosta 'Love Pat'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Intensely deep blue-green leaves are strongly cupped and strongly corrugated. Slug resistant. White flowers in June and July. Award winner.


Hosta 'Loyalist'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Clear white foliage is outlined by a dark green edge. Sport of 'Patriot'. Holds color well in the heat of summer. Lavender flowers.


Hosta 'Maui Buttercups'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A little hosta with bright gold leaves that are deeply cupped and corrugated. Good substance gives them slug-resistance. Pale lavender blooms in July. One of the best yellow hostas.


Hosta 'Mini Skirt'
Common Name: Miniature Hosta

Miniature. Thick leaves emerge blue-green with a wide yellow margin. They are twisted and cupped, creating a little mound of swirling skirts. Pale lavender and purple blooms in midsummer.


Hosta 'Minuteman'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Sport of 'Francee'. Large leaves with 3/4" white margins that surround a glossy dark center. Has a darker green center and purer white margin than 'Patriot'. Maintains color in heat. Lavender flowers in July and August.


Hosta 'Moonstruck'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Long, narrow leaves have yellow centers that turn white by mid-season with narrow blue-green margins. This is a small hosta that typically only gets about 10" tall. Flowers in late season are lavender.


Hosta 'Night Before Christmas'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Clear, slightly wavy, white leaves with a 2 1/2" dark green border. Lavender flowers in July and August.


Hosta 'Olive Bailey Langdon'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Gold margined leaves with blue-green centers. A superior replacement for 'Frances Williams' because of similar leaf coloration and leaf margins that do not easily burn. Lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Orange Marmalade'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This vigorous sport of 'Paul's Glory' has blue leaves with a large center that emerges bright yellow, turns an orangish gold, and ends up pale yellow. Beautiful. Lavender flowers in July. Plant Patented.


Hosta 'Pandora's Box'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Miniature. This little cutie is exceptional. Its quarter-sized, heart-shaped leaves are soft gray green with wide, creamy white centers that flare into the margins. Tiny lavender flowers in early summer. Perfect for the troughs or rock gardens.


Hosta 'Paradigm'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Beautiful creamy-gold, heart-shaped leaves have wide blue-green margins and are nicely puckered, like old-fashioned seersucker. White blooms with a touch of lavender in early summer. 2007 Hosta of the Year.


Hosta 'Patriot'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Strong white margin on dark green heart-shaped leaves. Looks good all season. Sport of 'Francee'. Lavender flowers in August. Hosta of the Year 1997.


Hosta 'Paul's Glory'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A spectacular hosta with chartreuse centered foliage that changes to bright gold by summer. Heart-shaped leaves are bordered by blue-green margins. Hosta of the Year 1999. Lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Pocketful of Sunshine'
Common Name: Hosta/Plantain Lily

Small plants grow quickly into a compact clump of thick, puckered leaves that are distinctly cupped. The broad deep green leaves have chartreuse centers that brighten as the season progresses. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Praying Hands'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Unusual erect, narrow leaves resemble praying hands. Each green leaf is rolled and folded into a tube shape, displaying the prominent veins on the back of the leaf. A thin white margin borders the outside edge of the leaf. A must-have for collectors!


Hosta 'Pure Heart'
Common Name: Plantain Lily/Hosta

Miniature. This sport of Blue Mouse Ears has tiny, oval leaves with bright creamy yellow centers and wide blue green margins. They are vigorous with good substance. Lavender flowers in midsummer. Perfect for edging, troughs and rock gardens.


Hosta 'Queen Josephine'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Extremely glossy, green, heart-shaped foliage has creamy yellow margins that fade to white. Lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Rainbow's End'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Small plants have thick, glossy leaves with bright golden centers and dark, blue-green margins that slash into the center. Short bloom stalks of reddish-purple carry lavender flowers in mid to late summer. Slow grower. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This bright little hosta has almost fluorescent gold leaves with dark green borders. The leaves are rounded, cupped and heavily puckered. Slug-resistant and a fast grower, it is reputed to take some sun. Lavender blooms in June.


Hosta 'Regal Splendor'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

1/4" creamy margin surrounds powder-blue, glossy foliage. Sport of 'Krossa Regal'. Upright growth habit. Slug resistant. Light lavender flowers in July and August. Hosta of the Year 2003.


Hosta 'Regal Supreme'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Large, upright, vase-shaped plants emerge with thick, frosty blue leaves with wide creamy margins and slightly wavy edges. Leaves are blue-green and white in summer. Lavender blooms in July/August. (A sport of 'Krossa Regal') Plant patented.


Hosta 'Remember Me'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Pure white centers with contrasting blue-green borders. Sport of 'June'. A portion of the royalties go to support breast cancer research. Light lavender flowers in July. Plant Patented


Hosta 'Revolution'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

White centered leaves are splattered with dark green flecks and are surrounded by irregular dark green margins. Centers turn dark green by late summer. Purple flowers in July.


Hosta 'Seducer'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large, heart-shaped leaves have deep green centers, gold margins and a tracing of white develops between the two in summer. Broadly ovate, the leaves have wavy margins. White flowers bloom in late summer. A Proven Winners selection. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Showboat'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Wavy green leaves have a wide 1" margin that changes from yellow to creamy white. Leaf edges turn upward into a boat shape, hence the name. Lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Stained Glass'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

This sport of 'Guacamole' differs by displaying its variegation earlier in the spring and maintaining much brighter, brilliant gold coloration Very wide, dark green margins. Prominent veins give it a "stained glass" effect. Fragrant near white flowers. Hosta of the Year 2006.


Hosta 'Striptease'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Pointy, ovate leaves have narrow yellow centers and wide, dark green margins with white streaking at the boundary. Pale lavender flowers in July/ August. Leathery leaves are weather resistant.


Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Huge, thick glossy chartreuse leaves can reach 16" long and 14" wide. Needs bright light for best color. Spectacular! Slug resistant. Lavender flowers. Award winner. Hosta of the Year 2004.


Hosta 'Sun Power'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Unique twisted and pointed golden leaves. Rapidly grows into a beautiful clump. Choice gold hosta. Lavender flowers in July. Award winner.


Hosta 'T. Rex'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A giant hosta with leaves (18"x 14") as big as its namesake. Medium green, heavily veined leaves have a matte finish and are slightly wavy, but may be a little floppy due to their large size. White flowers in early summer.


Hosta 'Touch of Class'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Intense blue leaves have a distinct slash of gold down their centers; a green margin appears where the two colors overlap. A tetraploid form of H. 'June', leaves have heavy substance and are held more upright than 'June'. Plant Patented.


Hosta 'Virginia Reel'
Common Name: Hosta/Plantain Lily

This small hosta forms a pinwheel mound of lance shaped leaves with creamy yellow edges and blue-green centers. Leaf margins fade to cream in summer. Lavender blooms in mid-summer.


Hosta 'Vulcan'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Showy! This great sport of Captain Kirk has bright white centered leaves with dark green margins and light green to chartreuse markings where they overlap. Soft lavender blooms in mid to late summer. Vigorous growth rate and good substance.


Hosta 'Wheee!'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Narrow, ovate leaves are very ruffled from crown to tip. The medium green leaves have creamy margins and good substance making them slug resistant. Lavender flowers. A Proven Winners selection. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Whirlwind'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Dark green margins surround a whitish center with green streaking and veining that changes to dark green by summer. Nice specimen plant. Lavender flowers in August.


Hosta 'Wide Brim'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Blue-green leaves have wide irregular margins of yellow that change to creamy-white. Fast grower. Abundant lavender flowers in July and August.


Hosta 'Wishing Well'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

This is a big hosta with beautiful, glaucous blue foliage that is colorfast. Huge, thick leaves have a heavily rippled and corrugated texture and are cupped upward. Unique! Good growth rate compared with other large hostas. White blooms in July/August.


Hosta fortunei 'Aureomarginata'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Dark green leaves framed with a golden border. Excellent landscape hosta. Lavender flowers in August.


Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Wide, elongated, heart-shaped leaves with a crisp yellow edge. One of the first hostas to emerge in spring. Excellent color all season. White flowers in July.


Hosta plantaginea
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Shiny, light green, heart-shaped leaves. Bright filtered sun improves vigor and blooming. The only true night blooming hosta whose blooms stay open through the next day. VERY fragrant, large white tubular flowers in August.


Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Large, blue-gray leaves are heavily corrugated and can reach 15" long and 11" wide. The blue hosta to which all others are compared. Slug resistant. Specimen. Near white flowers in June.


Hosta undulata 'Variegata'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Wavy, bright green leaves with white markings in the center emerge in spring and gradually turn green during the summer. Lavender flowers.