Sun Tolerant Hostas: Planting Hostas In The Sun

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Hostas are great solutions for shady spaces in the garden. There are also sun tolerant hostas available whose foliage will make the perfect setting for other plants. Hostas that grow in sun include variegated varieties, but there are several others (especially those with thick leaves) that are suited to brighter locations.

No shade but still love hostas? With a little searching, you can find hostas that like the sun. Just remember these plants like a lot of water and planting in the sun means frequent irrigation.

Are There Sun Tolerant Hostas?

Using hostas plants for sun means setting the stage for successful growth. While they like consistent moisture, the soil must be well-draining. Additionally, incorporate compost or leaf litter to enhance soil nutrient levels. Most species actually develop better color in a site with at least partial sun.

The yellow-leaved varieties are especially happy in the sun. Hosta plants for the sun may not tolerate extreme heat, however. Hostas that like the sun are still not happy when temperatures are high, but you can mitigate some of their stress by using an organic mulch around the root zone.

Variegated Hosta Plants for Sun

The variegated varieties are particularly suited for bright light situations. Some of these have white variegation which may become green in sun because of the amount of chlorophyll they will receive. Others have yellow to green variegation which stands up well to sunshine. Some varieties to try are:

  • Sugar and Cream
  • Albo-marginata
  • Angel Falls
  • American Sweetheart
  • Happy Dayz
  • Pocketful of Sunshine
  • Rhino Hide
  • White Bikini
  • So Sweet
  • Guacamole
  • Fragrant Bouquet

Other Hostas That Grow in Sun

Sometimes, a little trial and error is in order when planting hostas in the sun. This is due to variations in soil, moisture, heat, and zone. Temperate zone gardeners will have the most luck while those in dry, hot regions will need to pick the very hardiest species and still may not succeed.

Among the hosta varieties that are suited to the sun, there are some blues, greens, and fragrant species. Keep in mind they will need watering frequently. Consider installing drip irrigation to deliver moisture under the leaves. Some great types to try out include:

  • Fried Bananas
  • Garden Delight
  • Sum and Substance
  • Sun Power
  • Thunderbolt
  • Liberty
  • Honey Bells
  • Aphrodite
  • Royal Standard
  • August Moon
  • Pearl Lake
  • Invincible
  • Blue Angel
  • Halcyon
  • Elegans
  • Zounds
  • Squash Casserole
  • Stand by Me
  • Mojito
  • Mirage
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