12 Types of Variegated Hosta That'll Shine in Your Yard

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Hostas, also known as plantain lilies, are shade-loving perennials grown for their impressive foliage. In summer, hostas produce multiple lily-like, tubular-shaped purple, lavender, or white blooms borne on scapes. Scape height varies from cultivar to cultivar. There are over 70 hosta species and hundreds of hybrids and cultivars.

Hostas are often grown as a ground cover. They are perfect for keeping weeds at bay and are easy to propagate by dividing the root clumps. While hostas are generally easy to care for, you might need to control snails and slugs because they are common pests that love to chew holes in hosta leaves.

Many hostas have impressive two-toned variegated foliage that can be patterned, streaked, or bordered with a lighter or darker color. If you want to create a dramatic impact in your garden, combining variegated hostas with non-variegated varieties is a good option.

Below are 12 variegated hostas that add interest to your shady garden.

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    'Frozen Margarita' Hosta

    'Frozen Margarita' Hosta foliage close up

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    This vigorous hosta sports shiny green leaves with a thin creamy white margin and fragrant, almost white, summer-blooming flowers. The leaves develop a more chartreuse color in deep shade.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
    • Height: Up to 18 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Wide Brim'

    Hosta 'Wide Brim' also known as plantain lily

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    A perpetually popular variegated hosta, 'Wide Brim' features large puckered dark green leaves with wide yellow irregular margins.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
    • Height: Up to 24 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Remember Me'

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    A striking, medium-sized hosta with bright yellow leaves and green margins tinged with blue in the spring. Moving into summer, the center of the leaves turns a lighter yellow or even creamy white.

    A slow grower, 'Remember Me' can be more challenging to establish than some varieties, so it isn't the best choice for hosta newbies.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
    • Height: Up to 15 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Revolution'

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    'Revolution' is a good grower with a unique appearance. The creamy-white center of the foliage features dark green speckles, and the dark green margins offset the creamy leaf center for a visually balanced look.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
    • Height: Up to 18 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Captain's Adventure'

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    This cultivar has foliage that changes color dramatically through the seasons and as the plant matures. Its watermarked appearance is variable, and darker bands of green streak up the foliage to the lighter colored margins.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
    • Height: Up to 16 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Patriot'

    Hosta 'Patriot' foliage

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    Known as a "sport," 'Partriot is a genetic mutation of the popular 'Francee' cultivar. The foliage has a corrugated texture, and the vibrant green center is surrounding by a painted white irregular margin.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3–8
    • Height: Up to 20 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial shade, full shade
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    Hosta 'Rainbow's End'

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    This compact variegated hosta has very eye-catching foliage. With dark green edges, the inner leaves have varying degrees of bright yellow and green streaks. In the summer, the yellow streaks can turn a creamy white shade, and the brightest colors are visible if the plant receives a few hours of daily filtered sunlight.

    This cultivar is popular for gardens frequented by slimy visitors because the leaves are resistant to slug damage.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
    • Height: Up to 12 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Magic Island'

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    Another slug resistant cultivar, 'Magic Island, has thick leaves featuring a vibrant yellow center and an irregular blue-green margin. As the summer progresses, the center changes to a creamy green shade, and the outer margin widens.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
    • Height: Up to 14 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'June'

    Hosta 'June' foliage

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    This award-winning hosta is a popular "sport" of the well-known 'Halcyon' cultivar. The thick foliage forms in dense clumps and has dark green margins with a hint of blue. The amount of sunlight this hosta receives controls the leaf centers: medium gold when exposed to more sunlight and chartreuse if planted in more shade.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
    • Height: Up to 15 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Frances Williams'

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    One of the all-time favorite hostas, 'Frances Williams' has large heart-shaped leaves with a puckered texture and prominent veins. The irregular greenish-yellow margins turn a creamy white as the plant matures, and they surround a center with a blue-green tint. Prolific spreaders, they can grow to be five feet wide.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3–8
    • Height: 24 to 36 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Francee'

    Francee Hosta foliage

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    Another popular cultivar, 'Francee' has dark green foliage with white margins. Unlike some types, this hosta doesn't experience significant changes in the color of the leaves through its growing season.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3–9
    • Height: Up to 24 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial shade
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    Hosta 'Liberty'

    Hosta 'Liberty' planted in the ground with other flowers around it

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    This large, upright variegated cultivar has thick foliage sporting a wide, irregular yellow margin that becomes more creamy as it matures with a blue-green center. Although it is slow to establish, a bonus is that this is another slug resistant cultivar.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 9
    • Height: Up to 24 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade