Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:27
Some like partial shade/full sun, but the best ones for north-facing borders are those that are green (as opposed to 'blue') with a white or cream border around the leaves. Mine, that get no sun at all, are lovely in the summer and still produce loads of flowers despite the shade. Three varietals are "Christmas Tree", "First Frost" and "Liberty". Having said that, I have a 'blue' hosta which should be (according to the RHS) in the same partial shade/full sun, just loves being with his more retiring buddies under the forsythia and winter jasmine, sheltered by the fence from any of that silly old sun.