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Long lived, carefree, shade tolerant plants with beautiful leaves, hostas keep their tidy look all season and come in all sizes.
Stalks of white to lavender, lily-like blooms appear midseason.
One of the easiest plants to grow and divide, they like well-drained soil and are shade loving with some varieties tolerating sun.


Abiqua Drinking Gourd

Dark blue-green seersucker leaves in a cupped form.

Alligator Alley

Coarsely textured mound of leathery, puckered, heart-shaped leaves.
Wide, blue-green margins with chartreuse centers.
White flowers.

American Hero

A tough, durable variety that has wide, dark margins and a creamy white center speckled with green.
Lavender flowers.

Autumn Frost

Very showy with leaves that emerge frosty blue with wide yellow margins and then turn green with creamy white margins.
Lavender flowers.

Blue Angel

Solid blue, large, textured leaves.
Easy to grow.
Lavender flowers.

Blue Ivory

Wide, creamy margins with a blue center that brightens to a green blush edge and blue-green center in summer.
Lavender flowers.

Blue Mouse Ears

Small hosta with thick, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves.
Perfectly shaped mound.
Clusters of lavender bell-shaped flowers.

Bridal Falls

Cascading mound of wavy, heart-shaped leaves, green with pale yellow margins.
Light lavender flowers.

Bright Lights

(Aden/Klehm NR)
This vigorous tokudama type with thick heart-shaped leaves is probably the best variegated tokudama on the market.
Puckered gold leaves with a streaky blue margin draw garden visitors like a magnet.
This choice hosta has white bell shaped flowers in mid-summer.

Brim Cup

(Aden 86)
Brim Cup boasts rich green cupped seersucker leaves with wide irregular white margins.
It quickly forms a mature specimen plant. Lavender flowers in mid-summer.

Brother Stephan

20x 24"
A favorite of hosta enthusiasts with its large clump of thich, corrugated, puckered chartreuse and blue margined leaves.
Near white flowers.

Captain Kirk

Broad, heavy leaves with wide, dark green margins and bright gold centers.

Coast to Coast

This giant, solid gold host has thick, puckered, wavy leaves in an upright vase-shaped clump.
Pale violet flowers.

Cool as a Cucumber

This vigorous quickly growing hosta forms a showy 28x40" clump of elongated clear white leaves with bright green margins.
Graceful upright arching habit.

Curly Fries

Forms an arching, wiggly clump of extremely rippled, narrow leaves.

Dancing Stars

Crisp white center and blue-green margins.
Lavender Flowers.

Designer Genes

Beautiful yellow-leafed hosta with red stems.
Holds its color most of the season turning chartreuse.
Red scapes carry purple flowers.

Diamonds are Forever

Showy wide-margined leaves with green centers.
Vigorous grower to form a wide, flattish mound of small leaves.
Purple flowers.

Empress Wu

Largest known hosta sold.
Huge, thick, dark green, deeply veined leaves.
Violet flowers.

First Frost

This award winner has deep blue-green leaves that emerge with a gold margin that changes to pure white.
Does well in containers and garden. Light lavender flowers.

Grand Prize

Broad green leaves have a very wide bright gold margins that lighten to cream in the summer.
Dark purple flowers.
(Related to Grand Tiara.)

Great Expectations

(Bond/Aden 88)
A specimen that will live up to its name!
Beautiful large yellow puckered leaves are edged by wide, irregular margins of blue and light green.
Clusters of white flowers mid-summer.
Acclaimed as one of the worlds most beautiful hosta varieties.


(Solberg 94)
One of the most beautiful new hosta introductions, this magnificent plant is a mutation of Fragrant Bouquet.
Guacamole has chartreuse leaves (apple-green) margined by a wide dark greened edge.
Large fragrant flowers open in August.
Compliments Fragrant Bouquet and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Guardian Angel

Stunning, wide, blue-green leaves with a white center that gets a light green cast by late spring.
Light lavender flowers.

Hudson Bay

Wide, bright blue margins contrast with apple green jetting and creamy white centers.
White flowers.

Humpback Whale

Forms a massive, dome-shaped mound of blue-green, corrugated, heart-shaped leaves.
White flowers.


Dark green leaves with a creamy white margin speckled with green.
Large lavender flowers.

Island Breeze

Bright green margins surround bright yellow centers that turn chartreuse in shade.
Showy red petioles.
Dark lavender flowers.


Blue green margins and chartreuse centers make this award winner a showy addition.

Krossa Regal

Frosted gray-green leaves grow vase-like.
Strong, wavy leaves and tall scapes lavender flowers.


A sport of 'Sagae' with wide jetting yellow margins with much heavier leaves.


Best white centered hosta with deep green margins.
Heavy leaves with lavender flowers.

Mini Skirt

Very wavy, thick blue-green leaves with a wide, creamy yellow margin.
Centers turn green and edges whiten in summer.
Lavender striped flowers.

Minute Man

Stunning plant with dark green centers bordered in wide, pure white edges.
Pale lavender flowers.

Montana Aureomarginata

(AHS, 1987)
This large hosta displays arching wedge shaped green leaves sporting irregular margins of yellow which turn to cream as the season progresses.
Pale lavender flowers mid-summer.
One of the most admired forms, in the shady landscape.
It is outstanding used as a specimen or as a background planting.

Rainbows End

Shiny, bright yellow leaves have dark green margins that jet into the center.
Showy red scapes with dark lavender flowers.

Regal Supreme

Wide leaf creamy wavy margins and frosty blue leaves.
Tall scapes, lavender flowers.


Dark green thick leaves with a broad, cream center speckled with green.
Lavender flowers.


(AHS 87)
Sagaes dramatic color combination and majestic form should cast it in a leading role in any landscape.
With its regal vase-shaped growth habit it is the perfect candidate for underplanting ground covers or smaller hostas.
Sagaes large frosty blue leaves with their creamy yellow margin sets it in a class by itself.
Pale lavender flowers in mid-summer.
Declared by the American Hosta Growers as Hosta of the year for the year 2000.

Shadowland Whee

Like a little girl's wavy locks, these extremely wavy leaves are ruffled from top to bottom in a green leaf with white margin.
Light lavender flowers.

Stained Glass

A sport of 'Guacamole' with huge 10?" brilliant gold and wide, dark green margined leaves.
15x30" with pale lavender flowers.
Good sun tolerance.

Sum and Substance

Giant hosta with green to light chartreuse depending on light.
Sun tolerant.
Lavender flowers.


Hosta of the year, 2015.
Develops into a low, pinwheel-like mound of pointy, lance-shaped leaves of good substance.
Blue-green leaves have yellow margins.


Award winner sporting wavy, tapering leaves that may reach 10" long.
They are blue-green with wide, gold margins forming a dense, cascading mound.

A Thistle Down perennial last updated this web site on: November 3, 2017