Types of green hostas
Green can mean many things in hosta depending on genetics, exposure to sunlight or soil. For example, H. ‘Fried Bananas’ and H. ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ are “sports” of the same parent, H. ‘Guacamole’ but due to slight genetic differences, H. ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ is much darker than H. ‘Fried Bananas.’ Darker green hostas, along with blue and gray hostas, generally do better than other hostas in low-light conditions because they have more light-absorbing chlorophyll in their leaves. (Remember, every hosta needs some sunlight for photosynthesis.)
H. ‘Fried Bananas’
H. ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’
The wax that gives some green hostas their shine is explained here by the world-famous hosta expert W. George Schmid:
the type of wax, the crystalline structure of the epicuticular wax, leaf texture and in some genera leaf hairiness. The cuticle can be damaged by external forces like rubbing or mechanically polishing through which it becomes shinier because the structure of the epicuticular wax is physically changed. The physical characteristics of the cuticle are based on environmental adaptation of plants, in our case hostas, in response to terrestrial conditions and the underlying reason has not been studied in the genus Hosta. Shiny cuticle characteristics are genetically passed on to progeny, and appear to be dominant in F1 and F2 pod progeny of “shiny” species like H. yingeri. It should be noted that glaucous characteristics usually disappear as the growing season progresses and are not as permanent as the shiny phase.
Green hostas in the garden
- Green hostas are the most versatile for your garden. A green hosta can be placed in a shady or sunny location and be compatible with almost any other garden color.
- Mix green hostas with variegated hostas as specimen plants to add highlights and variety.
- Don’t forget leaf texture and shine when planting green hostas next to each other.
The more green or blue hostas you have in your garden the more peaceful it will seem. Green and white hostas with plain green hostas contrast nicely and put emphasis on each clump. A large wave of green hostas in a border is stunning. You can also plant green hostas with different textures, shine, and leaf shapes together.
- Green margin, Blue Center
- Green margin, White center
- Green margin, Yellow center
- White margin, Green center
- Yellow margin, Green center
- Variegation of colors above
- Streaking of colors above