Zone 9 hostas

Looking for a hosta that can take the heat? While some varieties aren’t heat resistant, there are others that can be grown in hot places like Tuscon, Houston, and Orlando. Let’s look at some of the best hostas for the warm climate of Zone 9! We’ll also chat about some planting and care tips that are vital in hotter zones.

Growing hostas in Zone 9

Growing hostas in USDA Zone 9 can be a bit challenging, as these plants typically prefer cooler temperatures. However, with the right care and conditions, you can successfully cultivate these shade-loving perennials in warmer climates.

The key is selecting the right varieties. Some hostas are more heat tolerant than others. Look for heat-tolerant cultivars or those with thick, glossy leaves, as they are generally more resilient to the heat.

Anecdotally, I find that yellow varieties do better in sunny areas than those with blue leaves (in general). I wonder if the lighter leaf color helps the plant stay cooler in the sun. If you’ve got your heart set on a blue variety, options like ‘Halcyon’ and ‘Blue Angel’ are known for retaining their blue color better in warmer conditions. The following sections of this article list some of the best varieties of hosta to grow in hot climates.

In warm climates, providing water is absolutely vital. You’ll need to water frequently when the hosta is first planted, keeping the soil moist whenever possible for the first six weeks after planting. Continue watering often until the hosta has been in the ground for a couple of years and has established a big root system. Drip irrigation works well for watering hostas.

Here i am planting a blue-leaved ‘halcyon’ hosta in the woodland garden

Planting location is crucial—hostas in Zone 9 need protection from the intense sun. Choose a spot that offers partial to full shade, ideally receiving morning sun and afternoon shade. This helps prevent the leaves from scorching and fading, especially for blue-leaved varieties whose color can diminish with too much sunlight.

In addition to proper shading, soil, and water management are vital for growing hostas in Zone 9. These plants thrive in rich, well-draining soil, so amend the soil with organic matter to improve its structure and nutrient content.

1. June hosta

‘June’ hosta is a medium-sized variegated hosta variety. This plant is heat tolerant and does well in zone 9 climates. The foliage is a beautiful mix of green, blue, and yellow. The flowers are quite pretty and bloom in mid to late summer.

I really like the variegated leaves of June hosta. It’s just as pretty in a cut flower arrangement as it is bringing a bit of brightness to a shady corner of the garden. This one is a favorite for a reason.

Giant sum and substance hosta leaves

2. Sum & Substance hosta

‘Sum & Substance’ is a large hosta variety that can grow up to 3 feet tall. This plant has light lime-green leaves and can be grown in zone 9 as long as it receives shade (especially in the afternoon). The flowers are white and bloom in mid to late summer.

So sweet hosta leaf

3. So Sweet hosta

‘So Sweet’ hosta is a small variety that only grows to about 8 inches tall. This plant has heart-shaped leaves that are dark green with white margins. It’s quite heat tolerant and does well in zone 9.

Patriot hosta leaf

4. Patriot hosta

‘Patriot’ is a very popular hosta variety that is medium-sized and can grow up to 2 feet tall. The leaves are dark green with white margins. This plant does well in zone 9 climates as long as it receives afternoon shade. The flowers are light lavender and bloom in mid-summer.

5. Key Lime Pie hosta

‘Key Lime Pie’ is a pretty variegated hosta with dark green leaf centers and ruffled yellow margins. These plants are heat resistant and can be grown in zone 9 (but do give them shade). As an aside, hostas with the word “pie” in their name often have ruffled or corrugated “pie-crust” edges to their leaves (including this one).

6. Daybreak hosta

‘Daybreak’ is a chartreuse golden hosta that is very tolerant of sun and heat. It’s a fast grower and does well in hot climates. The flowers are lavender white and bloom in mid to late summer.

7. Hadspen Samphire hosta

‘Hadspen Samphire’ is a glossy light-medium green hosta that can be grown easily in zone 9. This variety does not have variegation and is less susceptible to leaf scorch than most others.

8. Heavenly Tiara hosta

‘Heavenly Tiara’ is a specialty variegated hosta with apple green leaves and white leaf margins. These plants are heat resistant and can be grown in hot climates in southern states like parts of Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

9. Little Sunspot hosta

‘Little Sunspot’ is a mini hosta that grows only about 6 inches tall. As the name suggests, this plant is quite heat tolerant and does well in zone 9 climates. The leaves are dark green with sunny yellow centers (hence the name). The flowers are white and bloom in mid-summer.

10. Frosted Jade hosta

‘Frosted Jade’ is a classic medium-green hosta with thin white leaf margins. These plants are heat resistant and can be grown in zone 9 climates. The lavender flowers usually bloom in June in southern climates.

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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