Hostas forum: Sun tolerant hosta

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(Zone 6a)
Feb 1, 2015 9:26 PM CST
I'm looking for a list of hosta that are quite sun tolerant and later as shade fills in ( several years before trees mature enough to offer shade) will also like shade.
Is there a thread around here already for this, I'm sure there is?
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
Hostas Garden Ideas: Master Level
Feb 2, 2015 8:12 AM CST
I will address your request, and I need to know the size of hostas that you want.

(Zone 6a)
Feb 2, 2015 1:24 PM CST
Well I guess that would be helpful since they vary so much!
I am looking for larger sizes and those with large heavy leaves that slugs might not find so appealing. I would like to have a variety of colors or markings if I could. Not sue how the lighter colors would fare with sun, they might burn easier than the darker or blue colors?

Would love to have some that grew like gangbusters so I can give them away to all my neighbors and friends! Yes, that's it, magic hostas are what I am looking for!
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
Hostas Garden Ideas: Master Level
Feb 3, 2015 7:00 PM CST
This list is from, and there you will find pictures for all of these hostas.

Hostas planted in the sun require more watering.


Albo Marginata
Alex Summers
August Moon
Aztec Treasure
Birchwood Parky's Gold
Blonde Elf
Chartruese Ruffles
Choko Nishiki
Feather Boa

Fragrant Bouquet & family including:
---Fried Bananas
---Fried Green Tomatoes

Gold Edger
Gold Regal
Golden Anniversary
Golden Tiara
Great Expectations
Lady Isobel Barnett
On Stage

plantaginea & family including:
---Ming Treasure

Regal Splendor
Royal Standard
September Sun
So Sweet
Sugar and Cream
Sum and Substance
Summer Fragrance
Sun Glow
Sun Power
Vanilla Cream
(Zone 6a)
Feb 3, 2015 9:54 PM CST
oh, wow thank you so much! This will give me a great reference!
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
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Feb 5, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Albomarginata should be spelled as ONE word and most of the hostas with this name also have another. Albomarginata literally means white margin. You might want to look at the characteristics of all those and then ensure you get the one you want. Also the hostas that Gerry listed vary a lot in size and some are real slug magnets ('Invincible' for one).

You might also want to check Don Rawson's list of sun tolerant hostas. You'll find his lists at

Finally, you are in a warmer zone than some of us. Some hostas will grow in full sun in my zone but won't where the sun is stronger.

These are the ones listed in the database
albomarginata Hooker 1838 --->sieboldii
albomarginata 'Alba' --->sieboldii 'Alba'
albomarginata 'Ogon' Japan --->Ogon Koba
albomarginata 'Thunbergiana' --->sieboldii f. spathulata
albomarginata 'Viridis' --->sieboldii f. spathulata
Fortunei Albomarginata AHS 1987
Fortunei Stenantha Albomarginata --->Vivian
gracillima 'Albomarginata' Japan gracillima sport
japonica var. albomarginata --->sieboldii
Komame Albomarginata Japan --->Fukurin Ko Mame
Lancifolia Albomarginata --->sieboldii
montana 'Albomarginata' ex. Mt. Fuji Japan
Ogon Albomarginata Japan
pulchella 'Albomarginata' Japan pulchella sport
sieboldii 'Albomarginata' George Schmid 2010 sieboldii sport
thunbergiana 'Albomarginata' Japan --->tibae
Undulata Albomarginata

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at:
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(Zone 6a)
Feb 5, 2015 7:55 PM CST
Thank you!
Yes we do get some really hot sun in the afternoons and I have found that almost all plants-even sun lovers- like a little shade in the afternoon.
Maybe I could rig something up temporarly for a few years until my trees fill in better. I planted 2 Cleveland Pears on the west side of the area. The east side already has a huge Sweet Gum and a rather large Hemlock. The Hemlock was damaged badly a few years back in a storm and isn't shaped nice at all. But it is close enough to the Gum that it is kind of grown together somewhat and the damage is disguised. The birds like it and I love that it is evergreen so I plan to keep it as long as it lives. I hope the pears will not become to invasive with their roots for the hostas I plan to put nearby.
Name: Diann
Lisbon, IA
Charter ATP Member Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover Region: Iowa Hostas Lilies
Feb 13, 2015 6:38 PM CST
You could always build a pergola or some other type of shade structure. Smiling Those are nice to have benches under so you can sit and enjoy your gardens. Smiling

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