Varieties of Hostas

When it comes to the best bang for your gardening buck, hostas are prize winners every time. Available in a variety of colors, sizes, textures and shapes, hostas are at home in nearly any landscape and are carefree and happy in low light conditions that are unsuitable for most plants.


Francee (Hosta x fortunei) is a hosta with dark green leaves edged with a wide, creamy white border. Lavender flowers bloom in June and July. Francee is more sun-tolerant that most hostas, and will look good all summer. Francee is a mid-size hosta that will grow to 10 inches tall at maturity, with a span of 24 inches.

Blue Cadet Hosta

With its compact foliage spanning 24 inches and its 12-inch height, blue cadet (Hosta blue cadet) works well planted in a border or as a ground cover. A charming hosta with bluish-green, heart-shaped leaves, blue cadet will produce spiky mauve blooms on 15-inch stems in June and July.

Plantain Lily Hosta

Plantain lily (Hosta plantaginea) is a heat- and sun-tolerant hosta, and will survive when planted in sun for much of the day, making it a good choice of warm climates. The fragrant white blooms of the Plantain lily hosta open at night in late August and September. A fairly large hosta, plantain lily can grow to heights of 18 to 24 inches.

Frances Williams Hosta

Frances Williams (Hosta sieboldiana) is a striking hosta that will grow to a height of 30 inches at maturity, with an equally wide span. The large leaves are bluish-gray with a golden border. The colorful foliage and large mound shape makes Frances Williams a popular hosta in the home landscape.

Royal Standard

Royal Standard (H. royal standard) is a vase-shaped hosta that will grow to 24 inches at maturity, with lush, shiny green leaves and fragrant flowers that make an appearance in June and July. Royal Standard is a relatively heat and sun-tolerant hosta.


Lancifolia (Hosta lancifolia) makes an early spring appearance with dense clumps of green, lance-shaped leaves. Lancifolia is somewhat sun tolerant and will bloom in August and September with lilac flowers. At maturity, lancifolia reaches heights of 12 to 14 inches with an 18-inch span, making lancifolia useful in the flower bed, along a border or as a ground cover.

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