Want to grow hostas but aren't sure whether they can handle some sun? The answer may surprise you.
In general, plantain lilies are shade-loving plants by nature and are typically best suited for partial to full shade conditions.
However, some hosta varieties can tolerate a little more sun depending on the specific climate, location, and variety. So you’ll need to do some research before planting.
Some believe that hostas with lighter-colored or variegated leaves, as well as those with thicker foliage, tend to be more sun-tolerant compared to those with darker green leaves and thinner foliage.
Additionally, hostas that are grown in cooler climates or regions with mild summers may be able tolerate more sun than those in hot and sunny regions.
I don’t recommend planting them in full sun, particularly where the afternoon sun in the summer can scorch the foliage.
But it’s your garden, so feel free to experiment to learn your microclimate. If they don’t do well, you can always dig them up and relocate them.
If you choose to plant in full sun or partial sun, aim for the morning sun as it’s generally milder and provides them with adequate moisture. Mulch well around them to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
Follow along to learn more about how to grow hostas.