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Family - Hostaceae

Funkia, Plantain lily, Auqust lily are the common names of the royalty of the shade. Hosta, being woodland plants, are suited for the shady parts of the garden. Their lush leaves with bold colours and textures add an exotic effect. Slugs and snails are the only major pest problem. Hosta are very long lived, so keep in mind that it can take up to three years for Hosta to settle into their new home and show their true self. Hardy to Zone 3.


Hosta 'Canadian Shield'

Hosta 'Canadian Shield'

Hosta 'Chartruese Wedge'-

Hosta 'Chartreuse Wedge'

Hosta 'Christmas Tree'

Hosta 'Christmas Tree'

Hosta 'Emerald Tiara'

Hosta 'Emerald Tiara'

Hosta fortunei 'Albo Picta'

Hosta fortunei 'Albo Picta'

Hosta 'Francee'

Hosta 'Francee'

Hosta 'Frosted Jade'

Hosta 'Frosted Jade'

Hosta 'Ginko Craig'

Hosta 'Ginko Craig'

Hosta 'Great Expectations'

Hosta 'Great Expectations'

Hosta 'Halcyon'

Hosta 'Halcyon'

Hosta 'Krossa Regal'

Hosta 'Krossa Regal'

Hosta minor

Hosta minor

Hosta minor 'Alba'

Hosta minor 'Alba'

Hosta 'Sea Lotus Leaf'

Hosta 'Sea Lotus Leaf'

Hosta 'Shade Fanfare'

Hosta 'Shade Fanfare'

Hosta 'So Sweet'

Hosta 'So Sweet'

Hosta tardiflora

Hosta tardiflora

Hosta ventricosa

Hosta ventricosa

Small

Container gardens, rock gardens, path edges have but a few possibilities for these 25cm (1') and less Hosta.

Edger

Edging the front of the shady border or pathway, in containers, around special features are some of the ways to use this 15cm (6") to 40cm (18") group of Hosta

Groundcover

These Hostas are the workhorses of the shady areas of the garden. They spread well to smother the weeds and cover the ground while adding bold textures and colours.

Specimen

Every Hosta can stand alone in the garden. Some have very unique traits such as leaf colour, leaf shape or flower habit which make them stand out as specimens. From small to large, gold to blue there is a suitable specimen for your garden or patio container.

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Last Modified March 12, 1999