10 blue hostas to grow in your garden

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Trying to find blue hosta varieties to add to your garden and don’t know where to start? Blue hosta plants are amazing blue-green plants that will bring your front garden bed to life. They do well in a perennial shade garden and have a giant leaf shape that is common to blue hosta varieties. Blue hostas are a great addition to your garden because of their waxy coating, which prevents slugs and some other pests. I made a list of some of my favorite blue hosta varieties that I’m sure you will love as well.

Blue hostas

1. Halcyon hosta

Halcyon is one of the most popular hosta varieties and one of the best blue cultivars to grow. This shade-tolerant perennial plant has beautiful heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are dusky deep blue in color, and extremely lovely to behold. This variety of hosta grows to about 18 inches tall. It grows best in partial share and rich, well-drained soil. A fun fact about this variety is that it is often used to breed other medium varieties of hosta.

2. Blue Mouse Ears hosta

Looking for a miniature blue hosta? ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ hosta is your guy. This variety from Maryland is known for it’s dusky deep blue leaves and tiny yet full-size growth. They grow to be about a foot tall with leaves that are only 2 – 3 inches long. These hosta varieties make wonderful edging plants for low-maintenance landscaping.

3. Abiqua Drinking Gourd hosta

The ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ is a medium-sized hosta with deeply cupped leaves. Fully grown, they are about 18 inches tall. In midsummer, they send up spikes of bell-shaped white flowers that are very beautiful to look at. These plants love acidic and clay soils.

4. Blue Angel hosta

The ‘Blue Angel’ hosta offers wonderful variety with its dark green leaves and white flowers that bloom in late spring or early summer. The Blue Angel is one of the more slug-resistant varieties. They thrive in shade and can even compete with tree rooms. You won’t find a garden that won’t benefit from the presence of a hosta plant.

5. Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’

Elegans’ blue hosta is a very large hosta plant with heart-shaped blue-gray leaves. This plant is great at crowding out garden weeds and has pretty foliage that arrives in late spring and early summer. The lilac-colored flowers are nice to look at when in bloom. This perennial is easy to grow and like most of the hostas, is slug-resistant.

6. Bressingham Blue hosta

Bressingham Blue is a giant blue hosta. This variety has massive leaves that measure 15 inches long and 10 inches across. They truly are a jumbo plant to add to your garden. The powder blue coloring of this blue hosta gives it an inviting look. Make sure this plant has plenty of room and some shade to keep it cool. In midsummer, you will see pure white flowers blooming on top. This blue hosta leaf is one of the biggest you will see among the hosta plants.

7. Blue Hawaii hosta

The Blue Hawaii hosta has upright v-shaped leaves with a powdery or silvery-blue color. They say they are the same blue as the tropical waters of Hawaii. Whyen grown in shade, this hosta plant holds its nice coloring all year long. It blooms very pale lavender flowers in the early summertime that look nice against the blue color of its leaves.

8. Hosta ‘Frances Williams’

Hosta ‘Frances Williams’ is a variegated hosta with huge blue-green foliage that is elegantly edged in a chartreuse color. I love the puckered texture of the leaves and the fact that they always look super healthy, no matter the season. This variety blooms in the summer with white funnel-shaped flowers against leaves with a blue color. These flowers only stick around for the summer though. This plant grows to about 18 inches tall.

9. ‘Deja Blu’ hosta

I honestly had to add this variety of hosta to the mix because of the amazing name. The ‘Deja Blu’ features big, blue-green leaves edged in a lovely gold color. If you look closely, you will see a thin white band separating the green from the gold. It’s a nice touch and makes you do a double take. This variety of hosta grows to about 14 inches tall.

10. Fragrant Blue hosta

Fragrant Blue hosta is a medium-sized variety with matte blue leaves. This variety is well-known for staying blue throughout the summer, as it tends to grow fresh new leaves throughout the growing season. For the bluest leaves, keep this variety out of direct sunlight, as this can cause greener leaves. Despite the name, the flowers of this variety aren’t particularly fragrant but do add a lovely pop of lilac color in midsummer.

All of these blue hostas develop lovely colorings and many grow flowers during certain times of the year. You won’t regret adding any of these lovely plants to your perennial shade garden this year. The waxy coating on the leaves will keep slugs and some other pests away, making them very easy to care for.

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also a professional engineer, certified permaculture garden designer, and master gardener in training. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.