Hosta 'Sum and Substance' in a Potis devoted to the number one selling genus of herbaceous perennials in the U.S. today.  As the trees in our landscapes 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 landscape 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 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 and the amount of information included here for your use. Thanks for stopping by!


There are currently over 8,000 different hostas with over 5,000 cultivars registered with The American Hosta Society. 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.

So far, we have included information on 4,698 species and named cultivars (pictures of 2,781) that we have found in public and private gardens, nurseries and leaf shows over the years. You can find our complete listing of pictured hostas in alphabetical order in the Hosta Cultivar Section of this website. 


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.


Hosta hybridizers and enthusiasts around the world are always on the lookout for the next great hosta. Ideally, when they come up with something truly new and unique, they will register it with the AHS before introducing it into the trade. We have a list of many of the major hosta cultivar originators along with the plants they have developed for your reference.


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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