Mini Hostas Make Excellent Groundcovers

Mini Hosta Rock Garden

Part of my mini hosta rock garden in June of 2015.  Be sure to see it when you visit Carolyn’s Shade Gardens—it is one of the highlights of the garden right now!

When it begins to warm up (finally!), the weeds are not far behind, and customers start asking for groundcovers.  If garden beds are filled with plants, there is no bare soil on which weeds can germinate, and garden maintenance is greatly reduced.  Covering bare ground can be accomplished economically by choosing plants that spread rather than form clumps.  Spreading mini (and small) hostas are perfect for this task, but which ones work?  Here is your answer:

Nursery News:  Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.


Hosta Kiwi Golden Thimble

‘Kiwi Golden Thimble’ rapidly produces an adorable mound of golden leaves.

You can read more about mini hostas in these posts:

2016 Mouse Ears Hosta Update

Top 5 Favorite Little Hostas

The Mice Have Multiplied Again

New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 2

New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 1

New Mice for 2014

2013 New Miniature and Small Hostas

Miniature (& Small) Hostas


Beyond Mice

Hostas Containers and Companions


Hosta 'Twist of Lime'

‘Twist of Lime’ with its blue-green edge is a very fast grower and a favorite of my customers.


.Hosta Little Wonder

‘Little Wonder’ has colorful leaves and a very dense growth habit.

Hosta Lemon Lime
‘Lemon Lime’ is an outstanding groundcover hosta.

Hosta Blue Mouse Ears

‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is the only mouse ears hosta that I would use as a groundcover because it is so vigorous.


Hosta Green with Envy

‘Green with Envy’ is practically jumping out of my strawberry pot as it tries to expand.


Hosta Rock Prince

‘Rock Prince’ filled in this whole area between the stones very quickly.


Hosta Baby Bunting

‘Baby Bunting’s’ tiny leaves make a very fine-textured groundcover.


Hosta Lemon Delight

‘Lemon Delight’ makes an excellent dense cover, and the wavy leaf edges provide a feeling of movement.


Hosta Dragon Tails

Of course any mini, if planted en mass, provides groundcover, here ‘Dragon Tails’.




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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 6b/7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

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21 Responses to “Mini Hostas Make Excellent Groundcovers”

  1. Says:

    It makes me feel wonderful inside to read your posts! Thank you! Susan Jennifer Johnson

  2. Bonnie Devine Says:

    Hi Carolyn. Are these available now, and if not, when? What size pot, and average cost?

    I need to get everything in the ground by the 21st.


  3. What a great idea… I’d never thought of mini-hostas as groundcover plants but I certainly will after this!

  4. I like those mini-hostas. Still thinking about maybe growing some in pots.

  5. The several I have bought from you Carolyn are growing in containers still…but I hope to create a small area where they can grow as ground cover….but boy I have loads of work to get rid of weeds and groundcover that is too aggressive.

  6. I am going to add a link to this post to my collectable hosta post. They do make nice groundcovers!
    I am gearing up to doing a post on white gardens. I’d like to cover sun and shade with the white theme. Would you be interested in being my expert opinion on some shade options?

  7. Very pretty en mass. My Mouse Ears have finally started to spread. It took them a while, but now they are claiming new territory. I think Spring has finally sprung. The weather is warming. I did want to see Chanticleer this spring. Maybe I will drive down soon.

  8. I also saved this post. Very helpful information as I slowly add groundcovers in my garden. Thanks!

  9. Love the hostas used as groundcovers! In the photo of the Rock Prince, what is that on the left? It looks like a mini hosta, but has brown margins!

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