Welcome to the Delmarva Hosta Society

We are the hosta gardening society for lower Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. We are a non-profit educational society to promote knowledge of and interest in hosta, to encourage the development of new and improved varieties, and to promote its cultivation and usefulness in gardens. Hostas are the shade gardener's friend! (See our article in the Spring 2018 Home & Garden Issue of the Cape Gazette.)

These natives of Japan, Korea and China have found a following in the United States. There are about 40 different species that have evolved into a large variety (thousands) of these mostly green cultivars. All sizes, color variations, and patterns have been produced through hybridization (seedlings) and the discovery of sports (mutations).

These beauties are totally dormant in the winter. They start to emerge as the weather becomes warmer. Some sleep in a little longer and all are in fine form in a period of 3 to 4 weeks. All will blossom, some earlier than others, and the bloom colors range from white to lavender to a deeper purple. Some are fragrant. Hosta foliage will turn a bright yellow and gold as leaves on the trees begin their fall color change. By first frost, most are dried up with only the spent flower scapes reminding us of where they thrived all summer.

Established hosta clumps can measure anywhere from a few inches across to several feet in diameter. Fortunately there are many varieties in all size ranges. They adapt to container growth, which makes them easy to relocate at the whim of the gardener. Leaves range in size from one inch to eighteen.

The plant habits are generally one of three types. Upright or vase-shaped are usually more narrow at the base of the clump. A few hostas are rhizomatous, which means they spread by underground runners. Rounded mounds are the form that most hostas take with their leaves spreading from the center in layers.

Hostas are considered shade perennials, but some will tolerate sun part of the day. Thoughtful placement so that only early morning or late day sun touches them will result in fewer scorched leaves and better appearance all season. Join the Delmarva Hosta Society where you can make new friends and draw on the collective knowledge of hosta aficionados!