Hosta sieboldiana is a common hosta that’s found in many gardens. It’s produced a host of sports and varieties, including Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans,’ which also goes by the name of Hosta ‘Elegans.’ Hosta sieboldiana is behind many of the common hostas. Chances are, if your garden has a bluish-green, mounding hosta that grows to an impressive size of 24 inches high to over 60 inches wide, it has some Hosta sieboldiana genes in its heritage.
Known botanically as Hosta ‘Halcyon,’ this leafy perennial brings blue tones to shade gardens. Like all blue hostas, Hosta ‘Halcyon’ leaves get their blue hue from a waxy layer that reflects light in a way that makes the leaf appear blue.
Don’t let the feminine name of this hosta fool you. ‘June’ hosta is no wimpy girl — she’s one perennial that tough-as-nails. The thick leaves are rugose, which means they’re wrinkled and puckered. You can count on Hosta ‘June’ to add strong texture to any planting. The combination of thicker leaves with a rugose texture makes the plant slug resistant.
Hosta offers a wonderful array of leaf colors and sizes that provide beautiful greenery for a bouquet. Or, take a page from modern design and showcase a vase of hosta leaves—in one hue or a mixed variety. Hosta leaves hold up well in a vase, outlasting many garden flowers. This variety, ‘Loyalist,’ offers leaves with white centers and green edges. Many hostas also unfurl vase-worthy flower spikes at some point in the summer. Hosta plants can be miniature or giant, growing anywhere from 6 inches to 60 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9. Good vase companions for hosta: purple coneflower, gas plant, rose, bearded iris and peony.
Giant hostas embody easy-care beauty in a plant that’s fuss free. These oversized perennials unfurl leaves in many hues, including blue, gold and variegated patterns. The gargantuan plants may also be sun tolerant and can boast slug resistance.
Putting plants in the wrong place never turns out well. This hosta is a shade-loving plant, and when it’s planted in too much sun, leaves get sunburn. Bleached out spots on leaves eventually turn brown and fall away. Read pot tags when tucking plants into your garden. Make sure you’re matching the right plant with the right place, whether it’s a plant that craves sun, moist soil or lean, rocky soil.
Discover a blue-green hosta with thick, seersucker leaves known as ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd.’ Leaves on this hosta feature an unusual cupped shape, with leaf cups up to 3 inches deep. Heavy, seersuckered leaves offer strong slug resistance. White flowers appear in early summer. Plants grow 18 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
Miniature hostas can squeeze into even the tiniest spaces. These diminutive perennials offer all the benefits of their larger size cousins, but in a package that’s under a foot tall and wide. You can find blue miniature hostas, like Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears,’ and variegated hostas, like Hosta ‘Mini Skirt.’
Hostas like ‘Coast to Coast,’ which unfurls thick, puckered leaves, are unpalatable to Japanese beetles. The thick leaves also give this hosta—and ones with similar leaves—slug resistance. ‘Coast to Coast’ is a gold leaf hosta that thrives in part to full shade. Clumps grow 30 inches tall and up to 36 inches across.
Fallen leaves mixed with hosta, coleus, Rozanne geraniums, heucheras, ferns and long-lasting annual flowers make a glorious tapestry in your fall garden, says Jan Johnsen, a New York-based landscape designer.
Dinner al fresco has never looked more beautiful than it does here. A stone patio, wicker chairs and a x-leg table bring elegance and function to this outdoor room. Ornamental grass, flowering shrubs and hostas create a natural-looking backdrop while the stone retaining wall adds design and defines the dining space.