Hosta Companion Planting: Learn About Plants That Grow Well With Hosta

Backyard Landscaping with Hostas and Variegated Ribbon Grass
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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

Hostas have become extremely popular in the last few years, with good reason. Gardeners love hostas for their colorful foliage, versatility, toughness, easy growth habits and ability to grow and thrive without bright sunlight.

Plants that Grow Well with Hosta

Once you’ve decided that hostas are the best plant for that shady garden spot, it’s time to think about the best hosta plant companions. Although they’re gorgeous on their own, it helps to add a few plants that show them off to best advantage.

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Hosta performs well in full or partial shade, so the best companions for hosta are those that are suitable for the same growing conditions. Climate isn’t a huge consideration unless you live in a very warm climate, as hosta grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9.

Blue and green hostas are easiest to coordinate with other plants, including colorful annuals and perennials. Gold or yellow shades or variegations are trickier, as the colors may clash with other plants, especially when the hues lean towards chartreuse.

Often, it works to echo the colors in the leaves. For example, a hosta with blue leaves is complemented by purple, red or pink flowers, while a variegated hosta with a splash of white or silver looks stunning with white flowers or other plants with silvery leaves.

Companions for Hosta

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Spring bulbs

Ornamental grass

Shrubs

Perennials

Annuals

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