Little Hostas in Carolyn’s Shade Gardens

 ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ has the center spot in our Mouse Ears Family trough accompanied by dwarf Solomon’s seal.

It’s little hosta season, and I thought readers might like to see how we use them in containers and in the ground.  All the hostas pictured in this post are available for pick up at the nursery or for mail order in the 2018 Mini and Small Hosta Catalogue, click here.

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 cell 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.


‘Twist of Lime’ is thriving in an antique metal pitcher along our front walk.

We have a collection of pots and unusual containers planted with mini hostas along our very shady front walk:


‘Lemon Love Note’ also merits a pot of its own with its unusual shape and shiny leaves.


‘Blue Mouse Ears’ in a very small, terra cotta pot.


‘Appletini’, one of my favorite small hostas, brightens up this ultra shady spot with its glossy gold leaves.


A vintage metal tool box houses four small hostas plus European ginger and dwarf lady fern.


‘Sun Mouse’ in the tool box.


‘Munchkin Fire’ thriving!


‘Lakeside Cupcake’

Up by the drive, we have a strawberry pot planted with many mini hosta varieties.  Unfortunately, it got hit by a car, but my wonderful and very handy husband Michael put it back together:


‘Wonderful’, you can just see the white outlining on the unusually shaped leaves that makes it so special.




‘Green with Envy’

We have gathered together a collection of Mouse Ears hostas in a very large, antique, stone watering trough:


This photo shows the trough when we first planted it.


‘Holy Mouse Ears’ is tiny and holds pride-of-place in the left front corner.


‘Frosted Mouse Ears’ with the reverse variegation of ‘Holy Mouse Ears’ gets the other front corner.


‘Green Mouse Ears’ dwarfed by some leaves of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ on the left and dwarf Solomon’s seal on the right.  Its leaves have a folded appearance when it emerges.


‘Giantland Mouse Cheese’ gets brighter as the season progresses.

.‘Mighty Mouse’


The trough has filled in quite a bit since it was originally planted, but the Mouse Ears continue to thrive.

Finally, I do grow almost all of these little hostas in the ground in a rock garden area on the back hill:


‘Appletini’ is bright gold with some direct sunlight.



‘School Mouse’ was newly introduced in 2017 and did very well in the ground over the challenging winter.


‘Cracker Crumbs’ is our all-time best-selling mini hosta.


‘Giantland Mouse Cheese’ among the rocks.


‘Dragon Tails’, another of my personal favorites, with white dwarf crested iris.


‘Green with Envy’ accompanied by ‘Niveum’ epimedium, a perfect small plant to use as a companion for mini hostas.


‘Mighty Mouse’ with a dwarf balsam and other minis.


‘Sun Mouse’ was also introduced in 2017 and is doing well in a new area of our rock garden.


‘Blue Mouse Ears’ with a larger epimedium called ‘Domino’.


If you are local, be sure to check out the mini and small hostas in our garden in person.  Local and mail order customers can try these adorable plants in their own gardens by placing an order from the catalogue, click here.



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5 Responses to “Little Hostas in Carolyn’s Shade Gardens”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    Thank you for showing the variety of mini Hostas in containers. The ‘Mouse Ears’ are charming. Do you think they might do OK in containers indoors? Alas, I have no terrace or outdoor space to my apartment, but would love to bring a little of the outdoors in.

    • Adrienne, Thanks for posting a comment—I always love to hear from readers. I have never tried to grow mini hostas inside, and my gut reaction would be that they would not do well. Perhaps another reader can comment. Carolyn

  2. The small ‘mouse ears’ types work well with other types of landscapes for shade. I like them because they work nicely with other small perennials. It seems like not too long ago, there was only one ‘Mouse Ears’ cultivar. Do you know what kind of music a blue mouse listens to with his blue ears? The blues.

    • HaHaHa, Yes, it all started with Blue Mouse Ears, which was voted the Hosta of the Year for 2008. Now there are many other mouse ears hostas, and they are all adorable.

      • Wow, I had forgotten that it had been around that long! I do not remember it being ‘blue’. I thought it was just ‘Mouse Ears’; but I was not watching it that closely since I did not grow hostas back then.

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