Zones: 3 to 9
Light: Shade To Part Shade
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 6″ to 6′ (depending on the variety)
Spread: 12″ to 6′ (depending on the variety)
Hostas are an old standby perennial ground cover that is available in a large variety of leaf colors and plant sizes.
I like to put those varieties that have cream, white, or lime green leaves in the darkest spots of my shade garden so that they pop, particularly at night.
I have a particular fondness for the tough, leathery or waxy leaved hostas because they repel slugs and maintain neat mounds.
Most hostas bloom mauve or white in summer. Although some people cut off the blooms so they don’t detract from the stunning leaves.
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