Design your Hosta Garden with these tips for Hosta Landscaping!

If you’re serious about hostas, your hosta garden will continually be a beautiful work in progress. Many people have a starter garden, where they grow plants to maturity (when they have their true size, shape, and color), then transplant them to a final spot in the garden. As trees and other plants in your garden grow, you can move hostas around to give them their ideal sun and soil conditions. Keeping your plants labeled will make it easier, especially in the early spring before plants come up.

Create a Mood

  • Hosta gardens with blue and green can be cool and refreshing
  • Gold hostas feel warm and cheerful
  • Variegated hostas are stimulating

H. ‘Halcyon’

Provide Contrast

    • Place hostas with contrasting sizes next to each other to make hostas look bigger or smaller.
    • Keep showy hostas away from each other in your hosta garden so they don’t compete.
    • Contrast hosta leaf textures with non-hosta plants such as astilbe, fern, ginger, epimediums and pulmonaria. Use flower color from plants like impatiens to contrast with hosta leaves.

Hosta Liberty from H. ‘Liberty’

Create Visual Appeal

  • Clumps of small hostas can be used to crisply edge a garden, sidewalk or driveway.
  • Hostas in containers can brighten a deck, patio or garden.
  • Use yellows in the front and blue tones which fade into the background to create depth of field.
  • Plants in small groups look best when planted in odd numbers. Larger masses can be planted in any number.
  • Spring bulbs work well with almost any hosta, and their foliage after blooming can be hidden by hosta leaves that cover dying foliage.
  • Generally, the tallest hostas should be placed in the background, but it may create more interest to occasionally place a large hosta in the foreground.

Curved Hosta Borders

Watch how curves in a hosta garden or any landscape are a simple way to add variety and beauty to any garden.

Studies and Statistics

As the following studies show, landscaping can make a huge difference in the value of your home. Hostas are one way to get a great return on your investment!

Landscaping can add between 7 and 15 percent to a home’s value. (Source: The Gallup Organization).

Homes with “excellent” landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 percent higher than equivalent houses with “good” landscaping, while improving landscaping from “average” to “good” can result in a 4 to 5 percent increase. (Source: Clemson University)

Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and the addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate. (Source: Money)

In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concurred that good landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate. (Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association)

H. ‘Loyalist’

Hostas or Grass?

Turn any ordinary yard into a beautiful landscape with hostas.

Specimen Hosta Landscaping

Specimen plants are plants grown by themselves in a lawn or garden for an ornamental effect rather than being massed with others. Specimen plants can therefore serve as focal points in landscape design. An example of a specimen plant is a flowering tree that has a prominent spot reserved for it on a lawn. An example of a specimen hosta might be an old favorite, Hosta ‘Queen Josephine’.

Many hosta varieties would make ideal specimen plants and focal points in the garden. Consider how large the specimen hosta will be at maturity and give it room to grow. Large hostas become heavy to move later on, so try to find the right spot the first time. Think about a hosta’s basic needs, like soil, light, wind, water, etc. Check the HostaSearch™ Database and Hosta Buy Page to find options for your space by looking at the hosta’s size at maturity and suggested spacing, as well as visual factors like color and texture.

H. ‘Queen Josephine’


To purchase Hosta varieties to use in landscaping with hostas, please visit our Buy Hostas Page.