Hosta are among the most popular of perennials for shady areas, with hundreds of varieties now readily available. The lush clumps of bold, exotic leaves are the main feature, while the stalks of mauve or white flowers are simply an added bonus. Most varieties are easy, reliable plants that adapt well even to densely shaded sites. BJoth the foliage adn flowers are of interest to floral designers. Plants form a sturdy mound of foliage, topped with lily-like blooms. Lavender or white flowers appear in mid summer. Nice under trees, as a ground cover or edging. Suitable also for planting in mixed containers or tubs. Some varieties are sun tolerant with sufficient moisture and several are slug resistant. There are over two thousand varieties of hosta and the numbers continue to grow. Golden leaved varieties are generally more sun tolerant than green or blue leaved cousins.
Care and Maintenance:
Hosta go completely dormant in the fall, and the dying foliage can be removed any time before mid spring. Easily divided in either spring or fall, but plants may be left alone for years. Slugs may be a problem for some. Likes rich, moist well drained soil.