Hostas are clump-forming perennials grown usually for their lovely foliage. There are hundreds of varieties, ranging from those with tiny leaves about one inch in diameter growing in a six inch clump to giant specimens with leaves growing up to two feet long and in clumps six feet across. Hosta leaf colors range from pale yellow to the deepest of blue-greens, with many variegated forms in between. Leave shapes vary from long, sword-like leaves with ruffled edges to huge round leaves with rippled and corrugated textures.
Hostas popularity is because they grow so well in shady conditions where most landscape plant struggle. Hostas produce blooms on long stalks that extend up above the clumping foliage in late spring or summer that adds a splash of color to accent the various varieties of yellow, green, or blue-green foliage.