Hostas are long-lived and low maintenance. The American Hosta Society calls hostas “The Friendship Plant” because you will often make friends while sharing your hostas and making visits to others’ gardens. One of the major health benefits to gardening is the way being outside and connecting with others who share your interest and hobbies, allowing you to improve your physical and mental health. There are 70 species and more than 3,000 registered varieties of hostas. The perennial is a member of the Asparagaceae family, which includes asparagus. Humans can eat hosta plants, including the flowers. Take a look at just a few of the hostas that our plant experts have selected for Midwest gardens.
Hosta Frances Williams
Large and colorful, Frances Williams is hardy to Zones 3-9. This cultivar grows between 24 and 48 inches tall and has a width of 36 to 48 inches. Heart-shaped leaves are lush and feature bluish-green colors and yellow edging.
Hosta Gold Standard
Add the Gold Standard to your yard for the perfect contrast of color. This hosta provides light foliage with dark green edging and light pink flowers. It reaches a mature height of 22 inches and spread of 36 inches.
Offering a mature height of 18 inches and spread of 24 inches, Hosta Patriot is excellent for Zone 3-8. Light purple flowers bloom on green foliage with white edging each summer. This showy hosta is great for highlighting shady areas.
Distinctive gold centers with blue-green tips help this hosta stand out in any landscape. Reaching a mature height of 24 inches and spread of 36 inches, this variety grows best in Zones 3-8.
As a medium-sized hosta, halcyon reaches a mature height and spread of 24 inches. Heart-shaped lavender blooms stand out against blue-green leaves. This popular hosta is perfect for Zones 3-8.
With all the varieties and species of hostas, you can get creative with your plantings by adding multiple varieties for interest. Hostas are great for shady landscapes and for creating shade gardens.
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