National Hosta Display Garden

National Hosta Display Garden

Hosta garden
Hosta Garden

Hostas, also known as plantain lilies, are easy to grow, shade-tolerant, herbaceous perennials, cultivated mainly for their beautiful foliage. Their leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes and textures. Like in gingers, these plants also grow from underground rhizome or stolon. Hostas are native to China, Korea and Japan. They were first introduced to Europe in the late 1700s and to the United States in the mid-1800s.

A Hosta Display Garden has been formed at the Barnes Arboretum where the genus Hosta and its numerous cultivars can be enjoyed by arboretum visitors and students of the Barnes horticulture programs fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to promote the appreciation of arts and horticulture. The primary purpose of the garden is to demonstrate some of the landscaping uses of hostas, and the variety of sizes, colors, forms, textures, and flowers available in this genus. 

The area along Latch’s Lane was selected for these plantings because of the existing “bones” of the garden: a border of mature shade trees and shrubs. Designing this collection of hostas began with integrating them into this framework of mature shrubs and trees. Individual hostas are used as focal points to draw attention to particular areas, or to draw the eye from one area to another. Multiples of one hosta variety were used to frame spaces, act as ground cover, create a sense of direction, and add contrast in foliage. The selection and procurement of hosta cultivars was based on elements like color and variegation, leaf and mound shape, texture, size, longevity, and distinction. Some important groups of hostas were chosen to highlight sports (natural mutants) and seedlings of a given cultivar.

The Delaware Valley Hosta Society (DVHS) took the lead in developing this garden at the Barnes Arboretum as a National Hosta Display Garden planting for which was started in 2012. After having met all their requirements, the American Hosta Society has designated this as a National Display Garden in early 2015. This collection at the Barnes Arboretum, in an urban/residential neighborhood, is the largest within a 600-mile radius of Philadelphia.

Hostas in the garden:

Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’
Hosta ‘Allegan Fog’
Hosta ‘American Sweetheart’
Hosta ‘Atlantis’
Hosta ‘Big Daddy’
Hosta ‘Blue Angel’
Hosta ‘Blue Mountains’
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
Hosta ‘Blueberry Muffin’
Hosta ‘Bridegroom’
Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’
Hosta ‘Chartreuse Wiggles’
Hosta ‘Cheatin Heart’
Hosta ‘Church Mouse’
Hosta ‘City Lights’
Hosta ‘Clear Fork River Valley’
Hosta ‘Corkscrew’
Hosta ‘Cup of Grace’
Hosta ‘Cutting Edge’
Hosta ‘Dancing In The Rain’
Hosta ‘Diamond Tiara’
Hosta ‘Deep Blue Sea’
Hosta ‘Dream Queen’
Hosta ‘Earth Angel’
Hosta ‘El Nino’
Hosta ‘Emerald Ruff Cut’
Hosta ‘Empress Wu’
Hosta ‘Faith’
Hosta ‘Fire Island’
Hosta ‘First Frost’
Hosta ‘First Mate’
Hosta ‘Fluted Fountain’
Hosta ‘Fragrant Bouquet’
Hosta ‘Geisha’
Hosta ‘Gemstone’
Hosta ‘Gila River’
Hosta ‘Ginsu Knife’
Hosta ‘Gold Drop’
Hosta ‘Gold Standard’
Hosta ‘Gold Scepter’
Hosta ‘Golden Meadows’
Hosta ‘Grand Canyon’
Hosta ‘Green Mouse Ears’
Hosta ‘Guardian Angel’
Hosta ‘Gypsy Rose’
Hosta ‘Hadspen Hawk’
Hosta ‘Halcyon’
Hosta ‘Hanky Panky’
Hosta ‘Hideout’
Hosta ‘Hyuga Uragiro’
Hosta ‘Inniswood’
Hosta ‘Invincible’
Hosta ‘Irish Luck’
Hosta ‘Journey’s End’
Hosta ‘June’
Hosta ‘Kiwi Full Monty’
Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’
Hosta ‘Kryptonite’
Hosta ‘Lakeside Full Tide’
Hosta ‘Lakeside Ninita’
Hosta ‘Lemon Lime’
Hosta ‘Little Treasure’
Hosta ‘Luna Moth’
Hosta ‘Leading Lady’
Hosta ‘Lemon Frost’
Hosta ‘Liberty’
Hosta ‘LS Midnight Miss’
Hosta ‘Maui Buttercups’
Hosta ‘Mighty Mouse’
Hosta montana ‘Aureomarginata’
Hosta ‘Mouse Trap’
Hosta ‘Niagara Falls’
Hosta ‘Night Before Christmas’
Hosta ‘Olive Bailey Langdon’
Hosta ‘On the Border’
Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’
Hosta ‘One Man’s Treasure’
Hosta ‘Paradigm’
Hosta ‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’
Hosta plantaginea
Hosta ‘Prairie Fire’
Hosta ‘Praying Hands’
Hosta ‘Pure Heart’
Hosta ‘Queen of the Seas’
Hosta ‘Rainbows End’
Hosta ‘Rebel Heart’
Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’
Hosta ‘Remember Me’
Hosta ‘Sagae’
Hosta ‘Satisfaction’
Hosta ‘Sea Gulf Stream’
Hosta sieboldii ‘Kabitan’
Hosta ‘Spring Fling’
Hosta ‘Stained Glass’
Hosta ‘Stiletto’
Hosta ‘Striptease’
Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’
Hosta ‘T Rex’
Hosta ‘Tambourine’
Hosta ‘Tiny Tears’
Hosta ‘Tokudama Aureonebulosa’
Hosta ‘Twilight Times’
Hosta ‘Victory’
Hosta ‘Wheee!’
Hosta ‘Winter Snow’


The Barnes' 'extraordinary collection' of hostas featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read the article here.

Horticulture History

Learn more about the history of the Arboretum or about the role Laura Barnes played in helping these gardens grow. 


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