MHS Established 1991

The Hosta

Hosta are grown for their beautiful foliage with a variety of colors, shapes, size and textures to enhance any landscape. The hybridizers of today have not forgotten about the flowers; they are larger, more fragrant and in colors from the purest white to the deepest purple, with various shades of pink in between. Not too far into the future we may see red flowers waving above our beloved hosta.

Variegated hosta leaves include shades of green, blue and white/cream and golds, and can make a spectacular display in a mass planting or as a focal point in your garden. The many solid shades of greens, blues and golds are especially interesting when the leaf is pebbled, corrugated, cupped, wavy, and irresistible to the collector, the hosta fanatic, or the shade gardener. No worries if you have limited space, hosta make wonderful container plants as well. 

Mini hosta work well in small areas, raised beds or in containers. Today there are many to choose from. See the top ten mini collectibles in the AHS popularity poll in this section. 

For more information on hosta;  See the hosta books available in our publications section or go the The American Hosta Society website.