'Frances Williams' is a remarkable hosta that features huge blue-green foliage irregularly edged in chartreuse. The leaves have a great puckered texture and thick substance, so the plant looks great even at the end of the season.Test Garden Tip: The thicker and more textured a hosta leaf is, the better slug resistance it tends to have. Sadly, no hosta is slug proof.Size: 18 inches tall, 48 inches wideZones: 3-9Slug Resistant: ModerateFlowers: WhiteYear Introduced: 1986
Another award-winning hosta ('June' was named the 2001 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Grower's Association), this selection bears thick golden-yellow foliage with streaky blue-green edges. It also offers a bit of sun tolerance. In fact, with a couple of hours of morning sun, 'June' displays brighter gold leaf centers.Test Garden Tip: Hostas do best in a spot with dappled shade all day, though many tolerate direct sun for a short time in the morning hours. Most varieties will suffer ...
You can count on 'Great American Expectations' to put on a show in your shade garden. This stunning hosta grows 26 inches wide and has large, 10-inch-long chartreuse leaves edged in a soft blue-green color. It grows faster than 'Great Expectations'.Test Garden Tip: You can transplant or divide hostas any time from spring to fall, but the cool months of spring and fall are best.Size: 26 inches tall and wideZones: 3-9Slug Resistant: NoFlowers: PurpleYear Introduced: 1999
One of the most elegant of all hostas, 'Tokudama Flavocircinalis' features heart-shape blue leaves with a golden edge. The leaves have an attractive corrugated texture that's a great contrast to hostas with smoother leaf surfaces.Size: 17 inches tall, 48 inches wideZones: 3-9Slug Resistant: ModerateFlowers: WhiteYear Introduced: 1987
You'll want to plant this lovely hosta where you can view it up close. 'Deja Blu' features big blue-green leaves that are edged in gold. Take a second look and you'll notice a narrow band of creamy-white that separates the two other colors.Test Garden Tip: Hostas prefer moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter and has a slightly acidic pH. If you have soil with a lot of clay or sand in it, amend with compost or another form of organic matter.Size: 14 inches tall, 20 inches ...