Hostas are low-growing perennials with long, thick leaves that can be light green, dark green or even variegated, depending on the variety chosen. Several tall, thin stalks begin to form in the center of the plant during late spring from which delicate white or lavender flowers will appear. Some varieties, such as Hosta plantaginea, are also quite fragrant. Hosta is not a very demanding plant, spreads fairly quickly and will do well as long as its basic growing requirements are met.
Dig a hole that is twice the diameter and the same depth as the growing container the hosta was purchased in. Add 3 inches of organic compost to the planting hole.
Squeeze the sides of the growing container gently, just enough to loosen the root ball. Place the hosta into the hole at the same level it was growing in the container. Replace the soil and pat down firmly.
Water until the soil feels very moist, but not soggy. Place a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around the plant, taking care not to heap it against the stem.
Check the plant regularly and water whenever the top half inch of soil no longer sticks to your finger. Once the plant has an established root system, watering is only necessary when there has been less than an inch of rain in a week.