Hostas are among the showiest and most reliable foliage plants for shady locations. Some are miniatures a few inches wide; others are giants that sprawl 6 feet across or more. Hostas have showy leaves that are variegated, puckered, or ruffled and vary from oval to oblong, and from narrow to wide. Some of the flowers are very fragrant. They are relatively easy-care plants.


3 to 8

Soil and Light

Rich, well-drained soil. Partial to full shade.


Before planting, enrich soil with compost or aged manure. Divide crowded clumps in spring when tips emerge.

Special Helps

Water in dry weather until established. In cold areas, protect hostas the first winter with 1 to 2 inches of shredded leaves or other mulch.