Fill Not-So-Sunny Spots with a Shade-Friendly Hosta Garden Plan

Create a beautiful, low-maintenance shady haven that's full of texture from spring to fall.

More than just plain green filler among flashier plants, hostas can enhance any shady border. These robust perennials provide bold texture, as well as a variety of leaf colors, patterns, and shapes. Some types even have very fragrant flowers. Relatively easy-care plants, hostas come back year after year, surviving bitter winters and making no particular demands on gardeners' time. In this shady hosta garden plan, five different kinds of hostas surround an antique millstone recruited into service as a fountain. Variegated vinca edges the bed, perfectly complementing the hostas and resulting in a simple, lush, and tidy looking design.

Hosta-Filled Shade Garden
Matthew Benson

Plant List for Creating the Shady Hosta Garden Plan

  • 50 Greater periwinkle (Vinca major): Zones 7-11
  • 3 Hosta 'Night Before Christmas': Zones 3-8
  • 4 Hosta 'Halcyon': Zones 3-8
  • 3 Hosta 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa': Zones 3-8
  • 1 Hosta 'Paul's Glory': Zones 3-8
  • 3 Hosta 'Undulata': Zones 3-8

If you can't find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others with similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

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The garden plan for this design includes an illustrated PDF printable version of the planted garden, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden.

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