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Buy hosta or hostas from HostasDirect.com and save big on plants and shipping! Hosta plants are the most popular, low maintenance, shade tolerant plant in North America! Hostas come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and are quite disease and pest free. Pictures on our site may be of mature plants. Hostas can take 3 to 5 years to fully mature and exhibit their final colors, texture and form. Many hosta plants have seasonal color or can change color based upon growing conditions. Thus, the starter plants you receive may not match all of the pictures but will with maturity. (To learn more scroll below the pictures below.)

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Buy Hostas: How to choose the right hosta for yourself! 

Whether you are an experienced hosta collector or new to gardening or hostas, our experts at HostasDirect.com provide valuable plant and hosta information for you. 


Hosta Slide Show: great hosta photos, information, and more!

  • Hostas: Everything You Need To Know slideshow:  
  • Includes history, planting and care information, pest and disease identification and treatment, gardening tips, photos, and more!

Hosta Solid Colors: are you looking for a specific color to add to your garden? 


Variegated Hostas: in 2 or 3 color combinations!


Some hostas have seasonal color change.


Design a Hosta Garden: with various hosta color schemes or in conjunction with other plants:

  • The main Hosta colors of Green, Blue, and Yellow are complementary (across the Color Wheel) to Red, Orange, and Purple respectively.  Consider planting them with their complementary colors!
  • The main Hosta colors of Green, Blue, and Yellow are analogous (next to on the Color Wheel) to Yellow and Blue, Green and Purple, and Orange and Green respectively.  Consider planting them with their analogous colors!
  • You may also plant them with different shades, shapes and textures of their own colors of Green, Blue, and Yellow (called Monochrome designing).
  • To learn more about designing a garden using colors, visit our Color Wheel Gardening Information page.

Hosta Sizes: are you looking for a specific size for your garden?

  • Have a large space to fill?  We sell Giant Hostas, Large Hostas, and Medium Hostas.  
  • Have a small corner to tuck a little plant into or what to place hostas in a container?  We also offer Small Hostas and Mini or Miniature or Dwarf Hostas.
  • Planting a variety of sizes adds sculptural depth and interest to a garden design.  Contrasting sizes can add more informal tension or anticipation, while complementary sizes can be restful and create more formal shapes.

Hosta Growth Rates: how fast do you want your hostas to grow? 

  • We offer hostas with Fast Growth Rates, Moderate or Medium Growth Rates, and Slow Growth Rates.
  • In areas you would like to cover quickly, a fast-growing variety may be a good choice.  However, the faster your hostas grow, the faster they will need to be divided if placed in a small space.  This will result in more plants for you;  but if you want to avoid garden maintenance, faster is not always better!

Light Requirements for Hosta: what kind and quantity of light do you have in your hosta growing area? 

  • We do not recommend planting hostas in deep, dark shade.  If you must plant in those areas, chose a hosta with as much chlorophyll as possible - the dark green or blue colors.  The dark colored chloroplasts are what capture the sun's rays. 
  • Most hostas prefer partial shade; either dappled all-day shade or morning and evening sun. 
  • Learn more about hosta sunlight requirements

Hostas For Sun: some varieties of hosta are more tolerant of sun than others

  • Afternoon sun (Especially in the South) is frequently too intense for hostas for hostas to maximize their beauty.  Some hostas tolerate more sun, and some can handle full sun in more northern areas. 
  • HostasDirect sells some varieties of Sun-Resistant Hostas.
  • To learn more about hostas and sun, please visit our Hostas and Sun Information Page

Hosta Pests: learn how to prevent slug, deer, or rabbits

  • We offer Slug-Resistant Hostas, which are frequently more distasteful to deer and rabbits as well.  No plant is deer or rabbit-proof, but some are less likely to be eaten.
  • Often, hostas with rough textures or thick leaves discourage any animals from munching on them – they feel weird in their mouths, are more difficult to chew, swallow and digest and might not taste as good.  They will want to look for other options!
  • Our customers and we have had good experience with a product that keeps deer away called the Wireless Deer Fence.  The baited stakes attract deer, give them a slight electric shock, and they learn to avoid your area.

Fragrant Hosta: are you looking for fragrant flowers?

  • HostasDirect has beautiful varieties of Fragrant Hostas.  They most often have beautiful form as well!
  • Many hostas have quite large, beautiful and deliciously fragrant blooms!  All fragrant hostas have some H.
  • All fragrant hostas have some H. plantaginea species lineage, making them more heat and sun resistant!  The degree of sun and heat resistance depends on how closely related they are to H. plantaginea.

Hosta Combinations: not sure which hostas to buy together? 

  • Our staff frequently puts together Hosta Bundles and Hosta Trios as groups of hostas that complement each other.
  • While hostas are often grouped by sun tolerance, size, and color, the sky’s the limit on hosta combinations!

Displaying Hostas in Containers: gain insights on how to display hosta in pots


Hosta Bouquets: learn how to use hosta cut flowers to make beautiful hosta displays


Hosta Garden Design: learn how to landscape with hosta and where to plant hosta


Hosta Diseases and Foliar Nematodes: although a low-maintenance plant, hosta plants can get a few worms and diseases including:

  • Hosta virus X
  • Foliar nematodes - not a disease but a small worm
  • Fusarium - tan spot
  • Botrytis - brown leaf spot
  • Crown Rot - Southern Blight (Sclerotinia)
  • Anthracnose - white or grayish spots

Hosta Care Information

Need more information on how to care of hosta, hosta growing, and hosta maintenance in the garden?

Dividing Hostas: learn how to split hostas by hand or with a tool


When to Split Hostas:  how do you know when to divide hostas?

  • we have not noticed a significant difference in dividing hostas during different times of the year.  
  • However, most think splitting just as they come out of the ground or in late August or early September is best.  

Planting Hostas: learn how to plant hostas

  • It is very easy to plant hostas.  They are not very fussy and are extremely hardy.  However, there are some ways to do it properly

Fertilizing Hostas:  learn about the best fertilzer and methods for hosta


Types of Hosta: learn about hosta genetic and hosta ploidy


When to Plant Hosta: hosta maintenance schedule


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