Hosta 'Golden Tiara'
Exposure: Part shade to full shade
Bloom Time/Color: June-July; lavender
Uses: Massing, borders, specimen, shade garden
Other: Attracts hummingbirds, cut flowers
Hostas continue to be the mainstays of the shade garden and the backdrops for other smaller perennials. If given consistent even moisture, hostas can be planted in most soils in shade and will require little care thereafter. Hostas will grow into large clumps and can be easily divided and moved; plant in mass or borders for a bold effect. Aside from the varying color schemes of hosta leaves, most are green and will produce slender stalks of bell-shaped flowers by mid-summer. Both the leaves and flowers make decent cut flowers and can be used in mixed arrangements. Flowers also attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. 'Golden Tiara' has been a reliable cultivar since 1977 and is prized for its ability to withstand drier shade and for its small, almost-circular leaves edged in a golden chartreuse.