Flexibility and diversity are the first two words that spring to mind when thinking of hostas. There are over 3000 registered cultivars of hosta!

They are so easy going and popular making them a low-maintenance standard. The showy variety of foliage color, texture and size offers a wide range of appearances in the garden. In mid-summer stems rise above the leaves bearing stalks of white or lavender, bell-shaped flowers. Some varieties have a lovely fragrance.

Clumps of this long lived perennial can be tiny or huge, grey-blue, green, or variegated and shade or sun tolerant. They can be planted in the ground or in containers (Hosta elegans is best avoided in containers). In containers large leaved types like more soil in the potting mix, while smaller leaved types like a soil-less mix.

Hostas pair beautifully with ornamental grasses, Hellebores, Bleeding heart and Heuchera.

Here at Portland Nursery in spring we often have nearly 50 kinds of hosta in stock! The lists below offer a few of our favorites sorted by commonly asked for traits. How to find the perfect hosta fit for you? Check out the lists below or come on in! We would love to help you select a hosta that will add character, beauty, and fullness to your garden.

Hosta 'Blue Angel'

Large Blue Leaves

  • Krossa Regal
  • Blue Mammoth
  • Halcyon
  • Love Pat
  • Blue Angel (pictured)
  • Big Mamma
  • Big Daddy
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Sun Tolerant

  • Guacamole
  • Sum and Substance (pictured)
  • Francee
  • Fortunei Aureo - Marginata
  • August Moon
  • Invincible
  • Night Before Christmas
Hosa 'Plantaginea'

Fragrant Flowers

  • Fragrant bouquet
  • Honey Bells
  • Fragrant Blue
  • Guacamole
  • Plantaginea (pictured)
Plantain Lily

Gold Leaves

  • Fire Island
  • August Moon
  • Sun Power
  • Zounds
  • Curly Fries
Hosta stiletto

Short (around 1 ft.)

  • Blue Mouse Ears
  • Chuck's Mini
  • Cherry Berry
  • Stiletto (pictured)
  • Fresh
  • Mini Skirt

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.


Lewisia: Bitterroot