Hosta is the perfect companion plant for flowering perennials and annuals. The tough perennial produces abundant bright green foliage to frame other plants in the garden. Hosta thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8 and features wide, round leaves that arch like an umbrella from the plant's center. The beauty and versatility of hosta allows its use in a wide variety of landscape applications.
Tree Hosta Garden
The large area under a mature tree canopy is begging for a hosta garden. Thin the canopy to allow filtered sunlight and prepare garden soil with organic materials to form the perfect home for a variety of hostas. Circle the base of the tree with hostas using the same cultivar or many varieties. Stagger the plants to create a double row of foliage plants. Adding hosta to this boring garden space solves the problem of a blank spot in the landscape with the addition of a low maintenance perennial plant.
Gardeners don't always like the sharp edges of landscape timbers or rocks to define a garden edge. Some choose to have plants abutting the edging and draping over to soften the line of the garden. Edge garden beds with randomly spaced hostas to draw attention away from the edging material to the flowering plants housed in the garden. Plant hosta next to walkways to create the impression that plants are spilling onto the path.
Mixed Planting Bed
Bare spots in the garden beg for a plant that soothes the eye and grows big fast. Hostas blend with just about any cultivar as a companion plant. Create a mixed bed of perennial and annual flowers. Make sure to include a few varieties of hosta. Reap the benefits of the framing effect of the hosta foliage. Use variegated white/green hosta to complement white flowering plants. Select muted yellow and green hosta to balance the color scheme with yellow hued plants. Hosta also works well will when simply used as a filler plant to break up a monotony of flower color or to calm a busy multi-color garden.
The concept of drift gardening places plants close together to create a living carpet of color. Creating a drift with hosta requires some room since mature plants reach at least 36 inches wide. To create a hosta drift garden, choose enough plants to place hostas side by side in the garden's back row. Choose a second and third cultivar to work forward to the garden edge. Space plants 6 inches closer that the recommended planting space. To create a less structured drift, group hostas close together in groups of three plants.