Hosta plants are some of the most proliferous perennial plants you can add to a garden, filling shaded spots, creating borders and adding color and interest with their bushy leaves. With hostas being so easy to grow, they have also begun to be viewed as common or boring, but they don’t have to be. There are a lot of hosta varieties, and even more being created every year.
If you are looking for a unique looking hosta plant to add to your garden, try one of these five newer varieties. Each one adds something different to your landscaping and catches the attention of anyone passing by.
5 Unique Hosta Varieties
Hosta Empress Wu
Given its name because of its grand size, the Empress Wu hosta can grow to five feet high and wide. This hosta needs a wide berth to fill in, because it will take up all the space it can. The leaves of this hosta are a solid, deep green and it produces flowers that are just as large as the plant. Bright pink flowers bloom up and down the stem like other varieties, just on a larger scale.
For a fragrant addition to the garden, try Hosta Aphrodite, a waxier variety of hosta that has a very intense smell that kicks up a notch in summer. The white blooms burst forth late to mid July and really brighten up shaded corners. Plant this variety when you want to add a different type of experience to anyone visiting your garden.
Hosta White Feather
Striped and speckled varieties of hosta are popular because their leaves add a dimension of color to the garden, but the white feather hosta plant is truly unique. An all white hosta, white feather bursts forward with a very light green to yellow color at first, but then it begins to brighten up and they turn a pure white. Eventually the plants leaves are streaked with green, but the reversal of color compared to what you usually see on hosta is incredible.
Hosta Joy Ride
Hosta Joy RIde is made unique because of the shape of its leaves, which have a textured, wavy leaf edge. Because of the way hosta plants mound, the wavy effect makes them look even bigger than they actually are, and when the wind blows through they appear to be waving.
Hosta Curly Fries
If you have the need for a small plant to fill a small space, Hosta Curly Fries is a miniature variety that looks more like an ornamental grass than a hosta plant. Its long, slim light green blades are wavy along the edges giving it a unique look that will contrast well with other plants in the garden.