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Hosta

Common name: Plantain lily

Among the best of all foliage plants (summer flowers are a bonus), hostas vary from large plants to more diminutive types that are suitable for rock gardens. All thrive in shade and make good container plants. They have a reputation for being loved by slugs and snails, so choose your hosta carefully to minimise the holes or consider controlling these pests.

Growing guide

Browse hostas

Bold-leaved hosta plants

Miniature hostas

Hostas tolerant of sun

Hostas we recommend

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Useful advice

Perennials: dividing

Perennials: dividing

Shade planting: annuals, bulbs and perennials

Shade planting: annuals, bulbs and perennials

Slugs

Slugs

Snails

Snails

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