Hosta are clump-forming herbaceous perennials which have simple leaves which can be coloured or variegated depending on the variety. In early summer, erect racemes of flowers appear.

Hardy enough to survive the coldest winters, the plants are best suited to a location which contains partial sun. The medium should also be clay or loam as they require moist soil. A sheltered place is also a must to protect from cold, drying winds.

The plants can be propagated by division in late summer or early spring. Old or damaged leaves should be removed at the end of the growing period.

Protection may be required from slugs as some varieties are particularly prone to severe damage.