Hostas are extremely popular, hardy herbaceous perennials grown primarily for their beautiful foliage. They are easy to grow, low maintenance, shade-loving plants. Leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes and textures and may be solid in color or variegated in combinations of blue, green, white and gold. If you think you already have every variety hosta available, think again. There are more than 2500 different cultivars available. At Hillermann Nursery, we don’t carry all 2500 varieties, but here are a few of our choice selections.
BEN VERNOOIJ – This plant has thick green leaves with a cream-colored border. It is very pretty, and the plants remain attractive from spring to frost. This is a medium size hosta that grows in partial shade. Pale lavender flowers grow in summer.
Height 16.” Spread 28.”
CHERRY BERRY – The Cherry Berry Hosta forms a sturdy bunch of foliage with lily-like blooms. The leaves are pointy with streaks of white. Its pale lavender flowers appear in late summer. Suitable for planting in mixed containers or tubs. This plant prefers partial or full shade.
Height 10-12.” Spread 23-29.”
COLOR FESTIVAL – This Hosta features leaves with a dark green border and splashes of yellow with a pure white center. This plant’s fragrant and funnel-shaped lavender flowers may attract hummingbirds and they appear in mid to late summer.
Height 16-18.” Spread 21-29.”
DREAM QUEEN – This Hosta features very round, green leaves with a narrow, cream-white mark in its center. They are also very versatile in the landscape, which makes them a wildly popular Hosta. White blooms appear in summer and may attract hummingbirds.
Height 18.” Spread 2-4 feet.
DRINKING GOURD – This plant prefers part to full shade. They have cupped and twisted leaves, which are blue-green in color, and white flowers that bloom from June to July. It may also attract hummingbirds.
Height 1.5-2 feet. Spread 3-4 feet.
ELEGANS – This hosta is loved for its heart-shaped green leaves. It is a great backdrop for brighter blooms in your garden. Lovely white flowers shoot up in early spring. It is also able to tolerate dry shade. It prefers half shade. Great for groundcover under trees.
Height 2-3 feet. Spread 2-3 feet.
FIRST FROST – This plant gets its name from its foliage for its ability to remain attractive until the first frost and was named Hosta of the Year for 2010 by the American Hosta Growers Association. The foliage has green-blue centers with yellow edges. This one loves part to full shade and rich, moist soil. In midsummer, this hosta grows pale lavender blooms.
Height 16.” Spread 24-36.”
GUACAMOLE– Huge, glossy, apple green leaves are surrounded by streaked dark green margins. Leaf centers become brighter gold in summer when exposed to a bit of sun while the margins remain dark green. Pale lavender flowers appear in late summer.
Full-part shade. Height 22.” Spread 38.”
HALCYON – A pretty hosta with solid-colored blue-green leaves which have a nice texture; it retains its blue color longer than other hostas. Its flowers are a pale lilac-blue color and appear in midsummer. A great choice for a shade garden.
Height 1.5-2 feet. Spread 2.5-3 feet.
LAKESIDE PAISLEY PRINT – This stunning hosta produces heart-shaped leaves with very wide, wavy, green margins. The narrow, creamy white markings in the center of the leaves shoot out from the cream colored petioles in a feathery pattern. Pale lavender flowers with darker stripes bloom in early to mid summer. Full-part shade.
Height 8-10.” Width 18-20.”
MOUSE EARS – This cute hosta has round, blue-green colored leaves with a faint white edge in early spring. The foliage has a nice, symmetrical, bushy appearance. Lavender flowers stand above the foliage. This plant wants full shade to filtered sun.
Height 6-7.” Spread 12.”