26 best companion plants for Hosta for a beautiful garden

Hosta is the most popular foliage plant to grow in the garden.

And why not?

They are easy to grow, need low maintenance and have numerous varieties.

The only confusion people have is what they should grow with hosta to have a wonderful look.

Adding colorful flowers with this perennial foliage is a great combination.

Here I have mentioned all the great companion plants that you can grow with hostas to make your garden beautiful.

Let’s see them one-by-one.


Spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils make a great combination with hosta.

As the hostas are the latest plant to grow in the spring season they let bulbs to grow and provide them shade, especially under tree shade.

Lake George Community GC, NY

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When the growing season ends the hostas foliage helps to cover bulbs leaves Allium is a perfect companion of the hostas as it looks like both are the same plant.

Some spring bulbs companion of the hosta are:

  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Alliums
  • Hyacinths


Hostas aren’t invasive, they are little tough plants that make them really well to grow with ground cover plants, these plants are a little aggressive in nature.

Hosta, Cranesbill and Sweet Woodruff

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They hold their own growth potential with hostas that makes them easy to maintain.

Some of the shade ground cover plant are:

  • Pachysandra
  • Lamium
  • Periwinkle
  • Japanese Forest Grass
  • Black Mondo Grass


Planting hostas with ferns give a tropical feeling. They make a pretty good combination.

Hostas and ferns

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Some of the fern that make a awesome combination with hosta are


Planting hosta with other varieties of hostas also works great. Suppose you have planted 4-5 vegetative hostas varieties, plant 3-4 solid color hosted aside from them.

Gigantic Hostas

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This hosta combination looks pretty good in the garden border. You can also grow the same variety of the hosta in a sideline of the garden that also looks stunning.


Hostas look in contrast with these perennial plants having different shapes, texture, and colorful flowers. Planting these companions in the border garden gives a wonderful glimpse.

Blue hydrangeas and pink spiky Astilbes look perfect with yellow and green vegetative hostas.

  • Astilbes
  • Hydrangeas
  • Heuchera
  • Daylilies
  • Perennial Geraniums
  • Pulmonaria

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Hearts

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The hardy zone in 3-9. These tiny pink hearts known as bleeding hearts add a contrast like no other plant.

Their soft and feathery leaves give softness to the wide and angular foliage of the hosta that makes a breathtaking combination.

Brunnera Macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Brunnera in bloom

Photo source: Patrick Standish

Hardy in zones 3-8. These are the clump-forming perennial plants. They have heart-shaped, dark green, and white foliage that spread with hosta.

They are shade and rabbit tolerant, and sport blue flowers in the spring.



Photo source: Ruth Hartnup

Cold Hardy in zones 4-9.

Hellebore is one of my favorite companions for hostas. They not only tolerate shade but actually love it.

This perennial plant grows along with the size of hostas and rewards you with long-lasting flowers.

They start growing when the show is on the ground and continue growing strong till the hosta start to clump out.


Annual flowering plants are a great choice to add a few colors between hostas.


Photo source: Peter Linehan

Some good options are.

  • Coleus
  • Impatiens
  • Begonias
  • Caladiums


Hosta also do well with shade shrubs and vine plants such as Hydrangeas.


Photo source: Peter Stenzel

The bloom from the bushes as some extra color to your home garden.

  • Rhododendrons
  • Hydrangeas
  • Japanese Maples
  • Climbing Hydrangeas

Tell me what is your favorite companion plant for Hosta in the comment box.

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