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Hosta

Endlessly useful and always rewarding, these popular workhorses of the shade garden are must-haves for a low-maintenance garden. Of the 4,0000+ cultivars, we stick to long-standing performers in our field production. 

 

We currently grow: 
Blue
Hosta hybrida 'Blue Cadet' (Blue Cadet Hosta)
Hosta hybrida 'Krossa Regal' (Krossa Regal Hosta)
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' (Elegans Hosta)
Green & Fragrant
Hosta plantaginea 'Royal Standard' (Royal Standard Hosta)
Variegated
Hosta fortunei 'Albomarginata' (White Variegated Hosta)
Hosta undulata 'Aureomarginata' (Gold Varigated Hosta)
 
​Companions for Hosta
 
Culture & Care for Hostas

All other differences in cultivars noted below

Hardiness    Zones 3-8

Light           Part shade to full shade, full sun if consistently moist and protected

Moisture      Average to moist

Soil             Well-drained, acidic to neutral

 

Hostas are still one of the most reliable and easy to grow perennials for a shade garden. They are adaptable to most average garden soils of adequate fertility, require almost no-maintenance and if the cultivar is chosen appropriately for the space, can grow for decades without division. We choose varieties that fill in quickly, as smaller, newer selectins are known to be slow-growing specimens; we still want these to smother weeds. Our larger selections fill in landscape designs quickly for low cost, or can be used as a focal point in small urban spaces. 

 

Recommendations for growing Hostas

Hostas will adapt to most soils if compost is added, but do best on soil near average to moist, slightly acidic well-drained loam. Water well after planting and during first year of establishment. They do not adapt well to drought or hot, windy locations, so on-going irrigation may be needed to keep leaves lush on these sites. 1-2" of composted bark mulch is always a good idea for hostas and their shade-loving companions to conserve moisture. Low maintenance once established. If desired to rejuvenate, division is easily done in early spring or late fall. For superior slug resistance, we recommend blue-leaved cultivars; if slugs are not a problem, these all perform well. 

 
Blue Hostas
Hosta hybrida 'Blue Cadet'

Height         6 inches (15 cm), flowers to 12" (30 cm)

Foliage        Small cupped blue-green leaves, compact mound

Flower         Small lavender flowers, no fragrance

Blooming     July

 

Hosta hybrida 'Krossa Regal'

Height         24-36 inches (60-90 cm)

Foliage        Upright vase shape, undulating, frosty blue-gray leaves

Flower         Lavender, tall spikes

Blooming     July

 

Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'

Height         24-36 inches (60-90 cm), spread to 3-4' (90-120 cm)

Foliage        Large, corrugated foliage, blue-dark green, slug-resistant

Flower         Short white flowers

Blooming     July

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 1 gallon pots only
Bareroot divisions available on request

Green & Fragrant Hostas
Hosta plantaginea 'Royal Standard'

Height         24 inches (60 cm)

Foliage        Glossy bright green leaves, upright mound

Flower         White flowers, outstanding fragrance

Blooming     August

Sandy's favourite hedge of 'Royal Standard' has been well-used as a cut flower for many friends' summer weddings!

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 1 gallon pots only
Bareroot divisions available on request

 
 
Variegated Hostas
Hosta fortunei 'Aureomarginata'

Height         20-24 inches (50-60 cm)

Foliage        Thick dark green leaves, with irregular golden yellow margin

Flower         Lavender

Blooming     July

 

Hosta undulata 'Albomarginata'

Height         18 inches (45 cm)

Foliage        Bright green pointed leaves edged in white

Flower         Small pale lavender flowers on tall stalks, no fragrance

Blooming     July

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 4.5" (11 cm) pots and 1 gallon
Bareroot divisions available on request

 
Companions for Hostas

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