Hostas along path
Hostas along path

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.

Lime green Hosta
Lime green Hosta

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.

Variegated Hosta
Variegated Hosta

I have a particular fondness for the tough, leathery or waxy leaved hostas because they repel slugs and maintain neat mounds.

Hosta with mauve flowers in the perennial shade garden

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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This post was originally published on June 17, 2020 but was updated with new content on June 18, 2022.