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.

This site 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. Several years ago, 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 in the site. Thanks for stopping by!


There are currently around 8,000 different hostas with about 5,000 cultivars registered with The American Hosta Society. It can be a gigantic effort to keep up with the latest introductions from around the world.

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.

We have included pictures and descriptions of 2,752 species and named cultivars that we have found in public and private gardens, nurseries and leaf shows over the years. You can find our complete listing 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 are developing a hosta database with information on all of the relevant hosta characteristics by cultivar.

We will include listings on leaves, petioles, flowers, variegation, sizes, growth rates and many more factors.


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

Our Hosta Care pages will give you tips on plant selection, pest problems, companion plants for hostas, basics of shade gardening, 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 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 . We have recently added a section in oursection to honor many of the leaders in hybridizing, promoting and learning about hostas.


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