7 hosta garden ideas for fabulous foliage

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Hostas are simple to cultivate and provide many lovely choices for a beautiful garden. These perennial plants grow and produce stunning foliage.

The texture of the plants might differ in addition to the shape and color of the foliage. As a result, your garden could take a broad range of designs. To add visual interest, you can grow the plants alone or in contrast with other flowers.

In this article, we’ll give you seven hosta garden ideas you can get inspired by to create your own stunning garden. Let’s get started.

Hosta sieboldiana close up with white flowers

1.   Mix up shapes, leaf colors, and textures

Hostas come in around 45 different species. Because there are many, the difference in shapes, color, and texture is a lot. Therefore, it would be a great idea to capitalize on the variations to give your garden a distinctive appearance.


Hostas are available in a wide range of colors. Some of these colors are blue, green, gold, white, and red. You can experiment with the colors to make gorgeous groupings and decorate your garden.

However, different hosta colors are impacted differently by exposure to the sun. Therefore, make sure you group the right plants.

For instance, some blues and dark greens thrive in full or partial shade. On the other hand, a gold Hosta may turn white if exposed to excessive sunlight. There is even quite a popular near-white hosta called ‘White Feathers’ hosta.

In general, yellow-green hostas are more tolerant of direct sunlight than blue-green varieties. Direct light is preferable in the morning rather than harsh afternoon light. And shade is vital, especially in the afternoon, in hot climates like zones 7-9. Here are some heat-tolerant hosta varieties.


There is a broad array of shapes for hostas. For example, some leaves are teardrop-shaped, lance-shaped, curled, and rounded.

Your garden will look better by using a variety of these shapes, which can also provide a unique aesthetic appeal.

Beautiful hosta leaves, an ornamental plant for landscaping park and garden design. Large lush green leaves with streaks. Veins of the leaf.


Hosta leaves come in multiple textures. While some are glossy and smooth, others are matte and puckered. Some look like broad tropical banana leaves while others resemble seersucker fabric. Therefore, if you combine the different textures, it can give your garden a distinctive appearance.

The texture may have an impact on the plant. It impacts how the sun’s rays reflect off the leaves, deciding whether or not they appear shiny.

2.   Add complementary companion plants

Companion plants can make a wonderful pair alongside Hostas. When they’re grouped together, these plants will stand out and receive the recognition they deserve.

You can accent the hosta plants using flowers. For instance, a blue hosta looks wonderful when grown with pink and purple blooms. Tulips, lily of the valley, and anemone are excellent flowers to grow with your hostas.

Other great shade-tolerant perennial plants you could include in your garden are ferns, astilbe, and dicentra. Here is a big list of companion plants for hostas to consider.

3.   Plant a few hostas in containers

Consider growing Hostas in a container if you have a patio that receives shade. You can buy Hostas in a pot or place one in a container. Hostas are spread out horizontally. Thus, you should pick a pot with more than three inches between the side of the pot and the roots.

Select small or medium types to prevent them from affecting the neighboring plants. That way, there will be room for the roots to expand as the leaves spread out.

Almost any container will work just fine. However, Hostas like their roots not so warm. So, don’t choose a black or metal container. A black pot absorbs light and converts it into heat. As a result, the pot might become warm easily. Additionally, metal conducts heat. Therefore, it would be best to stay away from these kinds of pots.

You might also want to consider planting Hostas in urns. They add a little bit more to the beauty of the plant.

Remember to check that the pot has holes in the bottom no matter what container you use. Standing water isn’t good for Hostas.

4.   Place them beside a walkway

If there’s a walkway by your house, placing the Hostas as border plants along the path would be a great choice.

These border plants provide a great contrast with your other plants and can make your walkway look far better. Additionally, they serve as a clearly defined border between different garden elements.

The color variations in your garden already make it bloom with beauty. You can add more to that beauty by framing your walkway with Hostas. This will make your walkway stand out from your garden.

5.   Grow them around water

Hosta plants are a great way to decorate ponds and other water features. If you have a garden pond, Hostas will beautify the space. Additionally, it will highlight your garden’s all-around appearance.

There’s another reason why Hostas are great to plant around water. They tend to grow well in soil that retains water.

You can plant blue Hostas surrounding the pond to create a calming atmosphere. You can also add pink hardy water lilies inside the pond for a tranquil appearance.

Wooden table and chairs in an ornamental garden with pond

6.   Establish a seating area surrounded by hostas

You can decorate a seating area using the plants if you enjoy the outdoors. You can furnish your area with a couple of garden chairs and a table.

Then, it’s time to liven up the space. You can achieve this by growing small varieties of the Hostas.

These small plants can enhance your Hosta garden’s appeal points without paying too much attention to themselves. They will make the area have a nice appearance while not making it the center of focus as they’re small.

Sun Mouse, Little Caesar, Tiny Tears, or ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ are great mini Hosta plants that you can use to beautify your seating area.

7.   Place a centerpiece amidst your hostas

Placing your Hostas around a focal point can help your garden stand out more. You may plant the area surrounding a birdbath, for instance, if you have one in your yard. In doing so, it will enhance the birdbath’s appearance and draw it out.

Shade perennials are another option because they go well with Hostas. Some of the plants you can add are dicentra or heuchera.

8.   Plant a special hosta all on its own

While Hostas are great to plant alongside other things, they also look lovely on their own. These plants can occupy a big space in your area thanks to their thick foliage and large leaves.

Hostas come in a variety of sizes, some of which can reach heights of four feet or even more. Some can also expand to a width of almost six feet.

9.   Add lushness to an empty shaded spot

Many plants prefer to be in direct sunlight. If your yard has a lot of shade and you’d like to grow something to make the space more lush, hostas can be good plants for that situation. These tough plants are perfect for a neglected corner or a side yard on the shady side of the house.

Start by placing large hosta cultivars in the back corners. You can plant giant hosta varieties if you have lots of space, or choose variegated hostas if you’d like to bring a little visual texture to the area. For small spots and alongside walking paths, miniature hostas are a wonderful way to add a lush groundcover.

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.