Collectable Hostas

Once you get hooked on collecting hosta, they're hard to resist! This Hometalk post looks at some of the latest and greatest varieties of hosta available this spring.
If you have a shady area in your garden hostas can be a great choice. There are also sun tolerant varieties for those gardeners who love hosta, but don't have shade.
For a really stunning display, its nice to mix hosta with a variety of scale, shape, texture and color.
With a really great name, this hosta has been honoured with the title 'Hosta of the Year'. What makes it a standout? As the name suggests, it's the curly foliage.
Hosta 'Curly Fries' has narrow ruffled leaves that emerge a chartreuse color and turn golden. This is a miniature sized hosta that makes a nice rounded mound. Lavender flowers are held on deep purple scapes. Part-shade (morning sun) for best color. Height: 10-15 cm (4-6 inches), Spread: 35-40 cm (14-16 inches). USDA zones: 3-9.
More Miniature Hostas:
Miniature hostas are so gosh-darned adorable! Beside bigger neighbours, they offer a nice contrast in scale. Here a couple of minis hosta to tempt you:
'Dragon Tails' (on the left) has narrow lance-shaped yellow leaves and lavender flowers. Full to part- shade. Height: 10-15 cm ( 4-6 inches), Spread: 25-30 cm (10-12 inches). USDA zones: 3-9.
'Alakazaam' (on the right) forms an arching mound of narrow tapered leaves with ruffled yellow margins that brighten to creamy-white in the summer. It's flowers are pale lavender. Full to part-shade. 10-15 cm ( 4-6 inches), Spread: 25-30 cm (10-12 inches). USDA zones: 3-9.
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Hostas with Red Petioles
Beyond foliage, hosta can offer color in their petioles (the transition between the stem and leaf blade).
The leaves of 'Fire Island' emerge a brilliant yellow color and turn chartreuse. The red petioles keep their color all season. Fire Island has lavender flowers mid-summer. Part-shade to full shade. Height: 25-35 cm ( 10-14 inches), Spread: 45-75 cm (18-30 inches). USDA zones: 3-9.
For a couple more options of this type of hosta, please visit my blog post.
Curvaceous Hosta:
It seems only fitting to begin this section of the listing with a hosta named after a woman famous for her curves.
'Joy Ride' not only has great curves, it also has foliage with a wonderful powdery, blue-green color. Light lavender flowers appear mid-summer. Part-shade to full shade. Height: 40-45 cm (16-18 inches), Spread: 90 cm ( 35 inches). USDA zones: 3-9.
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  • Daffodilnut
    on Jul 26, 2018

    Can you please spell it “collectible”? TYVM

  • Cpi38240657
    on Jan 28, 2019

    What does the shredding pool noodles help hostas

  • Pamela Petroskey
    Pamela Petroskey
    on May 30, 2020

    I planted hostas under my scrub oak tree. I’m in zone 9/ 10a about 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. My hostas aren’t making it . Do I need to add something to the soil to counteract the acid from the trees? Help plz. I love hostas. Had them all over the place in Wisconsin

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  • Mbz2343996
    on Jul 10, 2017

    Will host asgrow in south Texas, no one to water them over the summer
    • Three Dogs in a Garden
      Three Dogs in a Garden
      on Jul 18, 2017

      I wouldn't recommend growing hostas. They are not drought tolerant plants that would do well in hot, dry conditions with not extra water.

  • Tilda Landrigan
    Tilda Landrigan
    on Aug 3, 2017

    I love hostas, but so do the deer! they eat them, flowers and all.
    • Three Dogs in a Garden
      Three Dogs in a Garden
      on Aug 4, 2017

      You might want to try some other plants that are more deer resistant. Brunner look similar to hosta and are deer resistant. Lady's mantle, Lamium and ferns are a few other options.

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