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.
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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 Daffodilnut on Jul 26, 2018

    Can you please spell it “collectible”? TYVM

  • Cpi38240657 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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  • Tilda Landrigan Tilda Landrigan on Aug 02, 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 04, 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.

  • Kimberly Kurtz Kimberly Kurtz on May 13, 2021

    Yes inspired and impressed with you and your noledge. I like you and your well thought out info. Can see your love for gardening and patients for the plants is impressive in itself. You have learnt a lot and thank you for sharing. Enjoy your summer. Kim