Sep 7th, 2013

Hostas Make an Interesting Addition to Any Garden

by Caitlin Puffenberger, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Hostas are a popular choice for gardeners because of their beautiful foliage and shade tolerance. In fact, the color of the leaves can help determine how much shade is appropriate. In general, blue-leafed hostas require the most shade, while hostas with gold, yellow or white leaves can tolerate more sun. Most hostas grow best with morning sun exposure and afternoon shade.

Hostas at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Hosta foliage ranges from light to dark and from solid to bi-color. Pictured, clockwise from top left: ‘Golden Scepter,’ ‘Robert Frost,’ ‘Dream Queen’ and ‘Halcyon’.

While hostas are best known for their beautiful leaves, some also have lovely — if unusual — blooms that grow at the top of long stalks.


A hosta bloom

Come stroll through the Asian Valley and along the Woodland Walk to see the beautiful foliage and blooms of our many varieties of hostas.


Caitlin Puffenberger is a former PR & Marketing Intern.

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