The hosta is an herbaceous perennial that comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors. Hosta plants are low-maintenance and adapt well to various soil conditions, but flourish when planted in rich, organic, well-drained soil. Although hostas are considered shade-lovers, they thrive when planted in areas of filtered sunlight. Use hostas as edging plants along walkways and flower beds or to brighten up shaded areas of the yard or garden.
Grow well in United States Department of Agriculture growing zones 3 through 8, the "So Sweet" hosta reaches a height of 8 inches and has a 1-foot spread. The smooth, spear-shaped foliage of the "So Sweet" is medium-green with a creamy-white margin. The "So Sweet" produces a fragrant, white flower from June until August which attracts hummingbirds and makes a good cut flower.
The textured, deep-green leaves of the "Francee" are trimmed with a white edge and are shaped like a heart. The "Francee" forms into a mound that is approximately 1 to 2 feet high and spreads between 1 to 3 feet. The flower of the "Francee" is pale lavender and blooms from June until August. The "Francee" hosta grows in USDA zones 3 through 9.
The slow-growing "Halcyon" hosta is a tall variety that reaches heights up to 2 feet and has a width of 2 to 3 feet. The deeply-grooved, heart-shaped leaves of the "Halcyon" are a solid, muted shade of blue-green. The sweet, fragrant lavender flowers of the "Halcyon" bloom in August and attract hummingbirds to the garden. The "Halcyon" is found growing in USDA zones 3 through 8.
The foliage of the "Ghost Spirit" makes this variety of hosta a real eye-catcher. Grown in USDA zones 3 through 8, the "Ghost Spirit" reaches heights ranging from 1 to 2 feet and has a 2- to 3-foot spread. Shaped like a heart with cusp-like tip, the leaf has a creamy white center and a blue-green edge. "Ghost Spirit" hostas produce a light purple flower from June to July.
The smooth, spear-shaped foliage of the "Lemon Lime" is a bright shade of green that adds a spark of color to drab garden spaces. The "Lemon Lime" hosta produces a striped, purple flower during June and July that attracts hummingbirds. The plant reaches a height of 1 foot and has a 12- to 18-inch spread. "Lemon Lime" hostas thrive in USDA zones 3 through 8.
The "Liberty" hosta is a large variety that grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet and has a 12- to 36-inch spread. Grown in USDA zones 3 through 8, the "Liberty" has a broad, oval-shaped, blue-green leaf that's trimmed in a yellow outer margin. As the leaf matures, the body becomes greener and margin changes to an off-white. The "Liberty" flower is light purple and attracts hummingbirds during its July bloom time.