Hosta 'Sum and Substance' in a Potis devoted to the number one selling genus of herbaceous perennials for the landscape in the U.S. today.  As the trees in our yards increase in size, more and more gardeners find themselves working in an environment dominated by shade. Among the many plants adapted to these conditions, hostas have emerged as the type most commonly used in totally or partially shaded gardens.

This website is devoted to all things associated with the "Queen of the Shade", the Hosta. Thanks to Don Rawson, Past-President of the West Michigan Hosta Society, for creating this site. He gathered a lot of good information on a few hundred hostas to share with other gardeners. Around 1999, Don turned the site over to us so he could devote more time to his own hosta garden. Since that time, we have greatly expanded the number of hostas to over 12,000. Thanks for stopping by!


There are currently approaching 10,000 different hostas with 5,859 cultivars registered with The American Hosta Society through 2017. Determining which ones fit the needs of your landscape can be a daunting task for the home gardener.

What are the traits that set one hosta apart from another hosta? Well, that is a complex question. We have tried to simplify some of that information in our Classifying Hostas Section.

Hosta Helper Collection - So far, we have included information on over 12,000 cultivar and species names in our database. This includes both registered and non-registered plants along with duplicate, incorrect or out-dated names. We also include pictures of 3,430 different hostas that we have taken in public and private gardens, nurseries and at 17 National Conventions of The American Hosta Society. You can find our complete listing of pictured and non-pictured hostas in alphabetical order in our Hosta Cultivar Section. 


With all the variety in sizes, shapes and colors of hosta leaves, stems and flowers, the possible number of combinations becomes mind boggling. To bring some organization to this chaotic problem, we have created a hosta database with information on all of the relevant hosta characteristics by cultivar and species.


Although hostas are often considered "low maintenance" plants, they are best when given at least some loving care. Also, in recent years, several pests and other problems have become more common as the number of hostas has multiplied in our landscapes.

Our Hosta Care pages will give you tips on pest problems, companion plants for hostas, soils, propagation, and much more.



As with many species of popular plants, hosta enthusiasts have joined together to form numerous international, national and local hosta groups to share their knowledge and joy in hosta gardening. 

Over the decades those of us deeply involved with this genus have come to be known as . These are men and women involved as the leaders in hybridizing, promoting and learning about hostas. We have recently added a section in oursection to honor many of these individuals.


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