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.