Hot for Hostas

This shade-loving plant comes in a head-spinning array of hues.

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Hosta 'Halcyon'

'Halcyon' is a popular midsized hosta with leaves that are frosty blue green and pointed. The hosta is a superb grower with thick leaves that demonstrate good slug resistance. Its flowers attract both hummingbirds and songbirds.

Hosta 'Elegans'

'Elegans' is a large hosta with deep, smoky blue, slightly frosted, heart-shaped foliage. Deep veins give the leaves a corrugated look. White flowers bloom in early spring.

Hosta 'Buckshaw Blue'

'Buckshaw Blue' hosta has thick, textured leaves that are a deep blue-green. White flowers on 26-inch scapes appear in midsummer.

Hosta 'Francee'

As sun tolerant as it is beautiful, hosta 'Francee' displays dark green, heart-shaped leaves edged in clear white. In early summer, this hosta puts out stems full of lavender flowers.

Hosta 'Lemon Lime'

Hosta 'Lemon Lime' features a small mound of bright green, lance-shaped leaves with purple-striped flowers that appear in early to midsummer.

Hosta ‘Vulcan’

Strong white centers surrounded by green edges make hosta 'Vulcan' leaves shine in the garden. Tuck plants into partial shade for best growth. Morning sun with afternoon shade or high dappled shade is ideal. Lavender blooms in mid- to late summer lure hummingbirds. Divide plants when they’re fully established—wait at least three years after planting if you are dividing to multiply plants. Otherwise, wait until five to eight years before dividing. 'Vulcan' is hardy in Zones 3 to 9.

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Hosta 'Sum and Substance' is a massive variety, featuring upright, heart-shaped, flat leaves that can reach 20 inches in length. The leaves have a glossy chartreuse hue that changes to gold when exposed to more light. White lilac blooms form on leaning scapes from late July through mid-August. The entire plant can reach 3 feet in height with a 5-foot spread, so make sure to give this hosta plenty of room to grow.

Hosta 'Golden Tiara'

'Golden Tiara' is a small hosta variety featuring heart-shaped leaves that are medium green with chartreuse margins that turn gold in the sun. Its flowers are lavender on 24-inch scapes. Try growing this compact variety in mass as a border plant that will keep growing year after year.

Hosta 'Gold Standard'

'Gold Standard' boasts medium to large, oval leaves that are light green edged in dark green. As the name suggests, this hosta's leaf centers typically fade to a golden yellow during the summer.

Hosta 'Hadspen Blue'

Thick leaves that look velvety at first glance make hosta 'Hadspen Blue' a great texture plant, as well as shade plant. Try pairing it with purple, blue and white flowers to bring out the silvers and blues in this compact hosta.

Hosta 'Sun Power'

'Sun Power' shows off a bright, slightly-twisted mound of golden leaves. Give this hosta morning sun or full sun in cool climates for best color.

Hosta 'Kabitan'

Not your average hosta, 'Kabitan' features long, narrow, light green leaves with dark green margin.

Hosta 'Guacamole'

'Guacamole' is a medium-sized hosta with wide, oval leaves the color of—yep, you guessed it—guacamole. The avocado-colored leaves also feature darker green veins and margins. Its white flowers that appear in midsummer are extremely fragrant.

Hosta 'August Moon'

This large hosta can reach a height of 3 feet and a spread of 5 feet wide. The leaves of 'August Moon' are a light, yellow-green that turns gold over time if exposed to enough sunlight.

Hosta 'Patriot'

'Patriot' is a unique, variegated hosta with deep green leaves that have creamy white margins. It's said to stand up to heat better than other hosta varieties.