The Q&A Archives: Hosta for mostly shaded area

Question: I installed blue stone walkway to my front door. I want to install low growing perennials along both sides of the walkway. The area gets very little direct sunlight and the front of the house has green plants covering the foundation.

Answer: Your idea of planting hostas is a good one. There are several cultivars from which to choose. Here are a few of my favorites:
Hosta 'Sagae' The leaves are large (13?14" long x 10" wide), thick textured, and chalky blue-green with neat gold margins. The flowers are violet.
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'; leaves have a glossy texture and grow upright. The chartreuse leaf color changes to gold with exposure to more sunlight. Very pest resistant. The white bell-shaped flowers appear in late August.
Hosta 'Great Expectations'; leaves are round and puckered. They have an extremely wide, irregular margin of blue and green enveloping a light yellow-cream center. The flowers are a dense mass of white blooms in summer.
Hosta 'June'; leaves are 6" long x 4" wide, with a nice gold center and blue-green margins. The leaves have very thick substance.
Hosta 'Patriot'; green leaves have bold white margins that are 1/2 to 1" in width. The color of the margin will turn from creamy yellow in May to white during the growing season.
Hosta 'Paul's Glory'; yellow leaves have a blue-green margin. The centers of the leaves are chartreuse in late May, then slowly change to bright gold by mid-July. With more sun, the gold lightens. The blue-green margin in early June becomes dark green in mid-July. The flowers are white and bell-shaped.
Hosta 'Gold Standard'; leaves have a dark green edge with a golden center. The pale lavender flowers bloom in mid-July to mid-August.
Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata'; large leaves are 15" long x 8" wide. The leaf margin is bright gold with a green center. The plant holds its color all season.
Hosta 'Krossa Regal'; The heavy, leathery, blue-green leaves are slug resistant. It is the most used, most planted, large blue hosta used today. It has continually ranked near the top in U.S. popularity for years.
Hosta 'Fragrant Bouquet'; leaves are light green with a yellowish-white margin. The large, funnel-shaped, white flowers are fragrant.

Hope you find just the right hostas for your entry walkway.

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