Hosta as groundcover–H.Decorata is a classic

Hosta Decorata (click for larger image)

Hosta Decorata (click for larger image)

Hosta Decorata was one of the first hostas brought to Amercia from Japan at the turn of the last century. It’s a classic “groundcover” hosta. Several hosta like this one are classified as stoloniferous or somewhat stoloniferous, meaning they can grow and spread by rhizomes beneath the soil. 

The round, blunt, soft-green leaves of the Hosta Decorata provide a nice contrast to other hosta and plants. It grows less than a foot off the ground, but sends up large, deep violet flowers on tall stems, which rise to around two feet. It’s low, compact growth and tendency to spread make for a carefree and elegant mass planting. I’m using it at the base of a Black Walnut near the edge of the bed.

Hosta Decorata is very hardy, to Zone 3, and is easy to care for, move and, if desired, divide. It like lightly dappled shade and somewhat sandy soil I have it in, but it also does well in part sun and loamy clay.