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Hostas are one of the most diverse groups of plants available for gardeners, with hundreds of varieties available in garden centers and plant nurseries. Let’s look at some of the most popular hosta varieties to grow in your garden, as well as a big list of 300+ types of hostas.
The Patriot hosta plant grows leaves with dark green centers and pure, bright white perimeters. These plants perform noticeably better with less water than other popular hosta plants. These plants do not need direct sunlight and prefer to be placed in partial to full shade to grow and reach their fullest potential.
These plants will begin to die in the cold months to preserve their energy and resources. In the springtime when the plant begins to awake and grow, the edges of the Patriot Hosta plant’s leaves will be a creamy, yellow color, slowly returning to their bright white hue as the summer heat comes along.
The Patriot Hosta plant is great when planted in a pot that’s placed on a porch or can be planted directly into the ground. This specific type of hosta is great for bringing life and light into a dark corner of your yard or porch. Its striking appearance and bright white leaf borders add a pop of excitement to any space.
If you intend on planting your Patriot Hosta plant in a container on your porch, make sure you water it daily. Patriot Hosta plants usually only need to be watered once a day, but if they are in containers, you should make sure to take extra special care not to dehydrate them.
Empress Wu hosta plants are a type of giant hosta. These plants can reach 4-5 feet tall and 6 feet in width! The huge leaves growing from this giant plant have an intriguing blue-green tint which adds to the appeal of this amazing plant. Empress Wu plants have a reputation of being the largest hosta plants to be introduced into commerce.
To reach the mature height and width, the Empress Wu hosta plant will have to be properly nurtured and cared for in ideal growing situations for 3-5 years. When you’re deciding where in your yard to plant a young Empress Wu hosta plant, ensure the area is not in constant or direct sunlight. This plant will also need a large area to grow, as it is a “Giant Hosta”.
During the summertime, the Empress Wu hosta plant may sprout small flowers alongside the giant leaves. While this is not the main focal point of Empress Wu Hosta, these are gorgeous and add to the plant’s appearance.
Along with its impressive size and appearance, the Empress Wu hosta plant has an equally impressive name. It is named after the first and only female emperor in all of China.
Guacamole hosta has a very unique appearance. Named after its appearance, the Guacamole Hosta plant has the same coloring as guacamole. With a light, natural green center and a dark green perimeter, the Guacamole Hosta plant resembles the appearance of a cut-open avocado.
This hosta also produces bright white flowers during the warm summer months of the year. These grow taller than the hosta plant and add a beautiful touch to this interesting and intriguing plant.
Guacamole Hosta plants reach a height of 2 feet tall and can exceed 4 feet in width if properly cared for. This size makes them great for ground cover in a yard. These plants can grow indoors, but for the brightest colors, you have to give them plenty of sunlight, as the colors will intensify as the summer sun shines on your Guacamole Hosta plant.
Another benefit of having these plants in your yard (aside from the vibrant colors and being able to say that you have a Guacamole Hosta plant) is the amazing fragrance the white flowers give off. This fragrance is amazing and is a huge selling point for these amazing plants.
Blue angel hosta is a popular variety of giant blue hosta. These lovely plants often reach over 5 feet wide, with leaves that stretch over a foot long. Blue angel hostas are typically about 3 feet tall, with a 4-foot tall flower stalk in midsummer. The flowers of this variety are a very pale purple hue.
Blue angel is descended from Hosta montana, a wild species of hosta known for its giant blue leaves. These plants tend to grow in shady or partial shade areas, and typically can only stand direct sunlight in the morning.
One of the most stunning and shockingly beautiful versions of hosta plants is the Fire and Ice Hosta. Fire and Ice Hosta plants have very contradicting leaf colors, with a bright pure white filling the middle and dark, deep green edges. The coloring of the leaves is how the Fire and Ice Hosta has received its name. These plants are particularly popular because of their appearance. The shocking contrast draws the attention of viewers and creates a beautiful arrangement in your yard or your home.
These plants require very little sunlight which makes them an excellent choice for areas of your yard shaded over from trees, your fence, or your house. These plants can also survive indoors because they do not require direct sunlight. When using these plants as ground cover, it is important to remember that these plants grow to be only 1-1.5 feet tall, and can reach about 2 feet in width. If planting these plants together, measure your yard to find the best place for them.
As previously mentioned, Fire and Ice Hosta plants can survive indoors, but they will not survive during the winter. These plants, even when indoors, will shrivel up during the winter to conserve their energy. The good thing is, these plants come back bigger and stronger every year, so you do not have to worry about replanting new hostas every spring or fall.
Francee Hosta plants are commonly known for their gorgeous, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves on a Francee Hosta plant are arched in a way to give the appearance of a heart. The coloring of the Francee Hosta’s leaves is another distinguishing factor of the plant. They have a beautiful soft green in the center of the arched leaf which spreads to fill the entire center of the leaf. On the outer edges, the leaf turns pure white.
The difference between this leaf’s coloring and the Patriot Hosta’s coloring is the Francee Hosta only has white edges on the left and right side of the leaf, it is not a border of white that follows the whole perimeter. The broad heart-shaped leaves are 6-8 inches in length, which creates a stunning look for your yard.
The Francee Hosta plant has yet another gorgeous point of its appearance. Once the Francee Hosta plant has matured (which normally takes around 5 years) the plant will begin to grow lavender flowers alongside the heart-shaped leaves. These flowers should appear during the summertime and should return each summer season.
This is the best plant for you if looking to cover an area that is nearly or always shaded. The Halcyon Hosta plant has many benefits and is used to breed many other plant types because of all the amazing qualities which it possesses. The Halcyon Hosta plant has a gorgeous blue-green appearance which gives the plant a very nice aesthetic. The leaves are arched heart-shaped leaves and they have a lovely blue-green color, which adds another level of beauty to this plant.
This is the perfect midsized plant if you are looking to add a pop of color to your yard. The blue-green appearance lasts all season. Along with the great coloring, the Halcyon Hosta plant also grows flowers during the summer months. These flowers are gorgeous lavender-colored flowers that tower over the blue heart-shaped leaves.
An added benefit to the Halcyon Hosta plant compared to many other Hosta plants is the Halcyon does not attract slugs, unlike other hostas which will attract slugs into your yard.
As you can guess from the name of this Hosta plant, the Blue Mouse Ears Hosta plant has leaves that are rounded and shaped to appear like mouse ears, and they have a blue tint to them. The similar mouse characteristics do not stop at the leaf shape. Blue Mouse Ears Hosta plants are some of the smallest hosta plants, reaching only 6″ in height and 11″ in width.
Their small size and cute appearance make them an excellent addition to a flower bed to cover some ground. These plants can also survive indoors because of their low need for sunlight. These plants would be perfect in a small container somewhere in your home to liven up counter space or as decoration wherever else you see fit in your home.
If you choose to plant your Blue Mouse Ears Hosta plant outside, an added benefit is this plant attracts hummingbirds. If you want beautiful hummingbirds in your yard, planting this Hosta plant in your yard should help.
This is another giant hosta plant! The Sum and Substance Hosta plant can reach of height of 3 feet and a width of 9 feet! The Sum and Substance Hosta plant has bright light green leaves that are ribbed with texture going down their length. The leaves are pointed on the ends and can grow to be quite large.
When planting one of these plants, you need to make sure the soil is rich in nutrients and there is good moisture for the plant to utilize. If a Sum and Substance Hosta plant is not planted somewhere where the soil has a lot of nutrients and does not receive enough water, the plant will not grow to become as large of a hosta as it could.
To promote the growth of your Sum and Substance Hosta plant, ensure you are watering daily; during the extremely hot months possibly water twice a day. Before planting in your yard, if you are worried about the nutrients in the soil, you can apply fertilizer to help promote the best growth for your plant.
The Stained Glass Hosta is a popular medium-sized variety grown for its bright golden-yellow leaves. Like the Guacamole hosta (from which it is descended), the leaves have an outer edge of dark green. Stained Glass hosta plants grow about 2-3 feet wide and 1-2 feet tall. This is one of the best varieties if you’re looking for a vibrant plant to brighten up a shady corner of the yard.
June hosta is a popular variegated variety developed as a tissue-cultured cultivar of Halcyon. This variety has gorgeous blue leaves with irregular streaked green-cream centers. The leaves are slightly cupped with heart-shaped lobes pinched at the base. These plants develop their most contrasting foliage when exposed to direct sunlight (morning sun is much preferable to afternoon sun as it tends to be more gentle).
Big daddy hosta is a large irregular hosta variety from the 1970s. This type has thick blue leaves with a chalky matte finish that makes the plants quite resistant to slugs. The leaves are heavily puckered and quite cupped (although not as cupped as those of the Abiqua drinking gourd hosta).
Here is a big list of 300+ hosta varieties:
Which variety of Hosta will you choose!?