Hostas for Sunny Areas

Hostas for Sunny Areas

Hostas are generally considered shade plants, but any hosta can be grown in full sun.  The only down side of growing them in the sun is that they usually don't look good. If, for some reason you want to grow ugly hostas, then sun is no problem.

First of all, full sun means sun during the middle of the day when it's hot and uncomfortable. Except maybe in the deep South, early morning sun and late afternoon sun are not full sun. That's just bright light.  And if you have an area with hot, intense sun for any significant amount of time, why are you trying to grow shade plants there?  Instead of trying to figure out how to plant hostas where they're probably going to burn up, why not just plant something that likes the sun? There are tons of good plants for full sun in our perennial catalog.  Just go to www.crownsvillenursery.com.

If you have to grow hostas and you have to grow them in the sun, the most important thing you can do for the plants is keep them well watered. If you keep them well watered, there are a few varieties that may do well enough in the sun to be worthwhile, but if they dry out, they are very likely to burn.  The American Hosta Society publishes a grower's guide that lists the following hostas that we offer as "sun tolerant". 

Our catalog changes constantly, so some of the following hostas may not be currently available.


August Moon

Invincible

So Sweet

Fortunei Aureomarginata

Patriot

Sum and Substance

Fragrant Bouquet

plantaginea

Summer Fragrance

Francee

Regal Splendor

 

Gold Standard

Royal Standard

 
     

Probably any hosta with fragrant flowers could be added to this list.  Hosta plantaginea is the only species with fragrant flowers, and all fragrant hostas have plantaginea in their blood line.  Plantaginea is also the southernmost growing species in its native range, so these varieties seem to be better in sunny spots than most.  Listed below are fragrant flowered hybrids we offer that would be worth trying, and of course there are others.  There is some duplication in the two lists.


Diana Remembered Invinceble Sugar and Cream
Fragrant Bouquet

Royal Standard

Sugar and Spice
Fragrant Dream

So Sweet

Summer Fragrance

Guacamole

Stained Glass

Sweet Innocence

Many yellow hostas are suitable for sunny areas.  We have too many to list here, but most are worth a try.

Hostas with blue leaves are probably not a good choice for sunny areas. The blue color is a result of a waxy coating on the leaf, which melts and disintegrates in the heat.