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

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Hostas are shade-loving perennials known for their impressive foliage (although all these types also sport tubular lavender blooms in the summer). There are over 70 species and hundreds of hybrids and cultivars. Hostas are often grown as 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 may need to take measures to control snails and slugs as they are fans of their leaves.

Many hostas have impressive two-toned variegated foliage that can be blotched, striped 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 different types of variegated hostas that could appeal.

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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 around their edge and fragrant, almost white, summer-blooming flowers. The leaves develop a more chartreuse color in deep shade.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Height: Up to 22 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 Growing 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 Growing 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 this for a visually balanced look.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Growing 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 Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Height: Up to 15 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 Growing Zones: 3–8
    • Height: Up to 20 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial shade, full shade
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    Hosta 'Rainbows 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 Growing Zones: 3 to 9
    • Height: Up to 12 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade
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    Hosta 'Magic Island'

    Hosta Magic Island on bark mulch

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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 Growing 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 a green-yellow center and dark green margins with a hint of blue. The color contrast is at its most striking when the plant has a little filtered sunlight.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Growing 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 shade. Prolific spreaders, they can grow to be five feet wide.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 3–8
    • Height: Up to 24 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 Growing 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 and a blue-green center. Although it is slow to establish, a bonus is that this is another slug resistant type.

    • Native Area (Continent): Asia
    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 9
    • Height: Up to 35 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade