Hosta sieboldiana is a species of Hosta that has some of the largest numbers of varieties. This species is known for its large size, grey green leaves, and shade tolerance. There are a total of 40 species of Hosta and this is probably the most commonly used (and recognized) in the home garden.
The original species Hosta sieboldiana grows to about 24 inches high and forms a clump that can grow in excess of 45 inches in diameter. The leaves of this species are large and are 14 inches long by 10 inches wide.
The leaves of these varieties tend to be quilted in appearance, have a dull luster, and are strongly veined. The thick leaves of this species tend to lend itself to innate slug resistance. Not all varieties share all these characteristics but they normally have at least a few of the characteristics of the species.
Hosta sieboldiana like plenty of water but do not like to be soaking wet. Keep them in well drained soil that has been amended with organic material and they are happy for decades. This is a tough and long lived species and clumps of Hosta can be found in older gardens anywhere you can find them.
Sieboldiana is prone to mutating which has given rise to many varieties that have a wide range of color, leaf texture, size, and shape. New varieties show up every year and will continue to do so as long as the home gardener is willing to fork out the money on these great garden plants.
This species come in green, blue, gold, yellow, and cream colors. If there is a color that is wanted chances are there is a Hosta to fill the void. If the sieboldiana Hosta doesn't quite fill the bill there are many other species in cultivation and breeding programs that will.
New fad plants come and go but this old garden favorite just keeps coming in at the top of the gardeners list of plants to buy. For awhile Coneflowers were hot and more recently heuchera were all the rage but people continue to keep adding newer and better varieties of Hosta plants to the garden. As new plants are created there is almost always a Hosta that can be used as a companion for them excluding cactus and other water intolerant plants.
Hosta sieboldiana is a never ending source of gorgeous foliage for the home garden. Flowers have a limited bloom time but great foliage plants put on a show all year long. Using foliage plants is one of the best ways to create a lush and beautiful landscape all season long.