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Hostas for Warmer Climates


Primarily grown for their beautiful foliage, hostas are long-lived, shade-loving perennials highly esteemed by gardeners. Easy and adaptable garden plants, there are hundreds of cultivars to choose from, ranging from incredibly tiny plants to giants, with leaves in pretty shades of green, chartreuse, gold, dusky blue or beautifully variegated.

In general, Hostas perform best in cooler climates with cold winters and warm summers. Reliably hardy to 28ºF (-2ºC), they can tolerate summer temperatures as high as 100ºF (38ºC) for short periods of time. Heat dormancy occurs above temperatures of 95ºF (35ºC). Hostas may quit growing, or become summer dormant as a result of heat or too much water stress. 

Hostas require winter chilling to less than 40ºF (4ºC) for several weeks to achieve proper dormancy. Winter dormancy is brought about by the shorter and cooler days of fall.  The above ground portion of the plant ceases to grow and prepares tight buds for over-wintering.

Of the hundreds of exquisite hosta varieties available, the range of choice gets quite limited in southern climates. The hostas that perform best in warmer southern regions are those with lower than normal winter dormancy requirements. Hostas which emerge the earliest in spring, hence requiring shorter chilling requirements, are those that are good candidates for warm climates, including Upper South, Middle South and Lower South. Hosta plantaginea (Fragrant Plantain Lily) performs better than other hosta species in Coastal South.

The farther south, the more water and shade hostas need.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hosta - Plantain Lilies
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hosta - Plantain Lilies
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
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