Hostas (Hosta) are herbaceous perennials belonging to the lily family (Liliaceae). These plants originated in the Asian countries of China, Korea and Japan. Hostas were brought to Europe in the late 1700s and introduced to the United States in the mid-1800s. These hardy plants thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 10, and the following varieties are all sun-tolerant.
The So Sweet hosta is a shorter variety that reaches 16 to 28 inches in height. So Sweet hostas offer fragrant blooms from late July until the end of summer. Flowers have green centers surrounded by creamy white to white petals.
Royal Standard hostas are medium-sized plants that typically reach 38 inches in height and 18 inches in width. Royal Standards have shamrock-green foliage and 8-inch-long leaves. The perfumed, pure white flowers are large and funnel-shaped. This hosta variety typically blooms from mid-August to mid-September.
The Krossa Regal hosta was introduced to America from Japan during the 1950s. This variety is one of the few that grows erect rather than in a mound, and plants reach heights up to 7 feet. Krossa Regal hostas have blue-green foliage with long leaves. The funnel-shaped, lavender flowers bloom in July and August.
August Moon hostas are very robust growers that bloom from mid-July through mid-August. This hosta variety bears crinkled, greenish-gold leaves that turn a harvest gold color as the summer progresses. August Moon plants grow to be about 30 inches tall and have about a 20-inch spread. The bell-shaped, medium-sized blooms are pale lavender in color and bloom from mid- to late-summer.
The Blue Angel is a giant hosta variety that reaches up to 87 inches in height and 30 inches in width. The Blue Angel has large, textured, blue-green leaves that grow up to 16 inches long. The medium-sized, bell-shaped flowers are generally white and bloom in July.
Francee hostas form elegant, neat mounds that reach about 36 inches in height and about 24 inches in width. The 7-inch leaves are a richly textured dark green with white margins. The funnel-shaped, lavender flowers bloom in July and August.
The Halcyon is a slow-maturing hosta variety. The bright powder blue leaves are heavy enough to keep most insects at bay. This blue hosta grows up to 38 inches in height and has about a 20-inch spread. The bell-shaped, pale lavender flowers bloom in July and hold their color into late summer.
Sugar and Cream
The Sugar and Cream hosta variety is a Savory Shield Award winner known for its hardiness. Sugar and Cream hostas have pale green leaves with cream margins. The fragrant, bell-shaped flowers range in color from milky white to lavender. This variety blooms late in the summer, typically from mid-July to mid-August.
Allan P. McConnell
The Allan P. McConnell is a smaller hosta variety that reaches 15 to 18 inches tall with an 8-inch spread. The oval, dark green leaves bear an irregular fine white or cream detailing along the edges. These hostas grow into dense mounds that work well as container plants or along the edge of a path. The bell-shaped, purple flowers bloom in July and August.
The Invincible hosta variety bears glossy, green leaves that reach about 5 inches in length. The funnel-shaped flowers add pale lavender color to perennial gardens from mid-August through mid-September. The colorful blooms are highly fragrant, smelling quite similar to lilacs.