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Top 12 Tiny Hostas

What they lack in size, they make up for in charm

Fine Gardening – Issue 159
Hostas (Hosta spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9) are a staple in almost every perennial garden that enjoys open shade; fertile, well-drained soil; and extended cold weather. They have been one of America’s most popular perennials for years. Many gardeners think of hostas as large specimen or anchor plants, but there is another world of hostas that has quietly been building momentum: a world where color, shape, excitement, and versatility are in miniature. I am talking, of course, about little hostas. Although there have always been small hostas, they have had a reputation for being difficult to find and grow. Public perceptions, fortunately, have changed, and a wide variety of easy-to-grow cultivars are now available. These little hostas are classified into three categories: small, very small, and mini. The sizes are descriptive, but they also help determine placement and cultural needs. Go ahead—find a little hosta to indulge your…

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