Hostas are useful for planting in damp or shady borders, where many other plants might struggle. Grown for their wonderful, lush foliage, they can really enliven a gloomy corner of the garden.
They're hardy perennials, meaning they go dormant throughout winter, then unfurl through the soil in spring. Perennials live for years when planted in the right spot, and they gradually spread into larger clumps every year.
Hostas do produce flowers, but are usually grown for their foliage. The flowers emerge during summer, and range from mauve through to white. Although many people remove the flowers to preserve the quality of the leaves for longer, others enjoy them for the extra colour.
There are many hosta varieties, all with different leaf patterns, colours and sizes. With so many to choose from, it's possible to create a bright and unusual display of contrasting foliage. Browse our choice of 10 gorgeous hostas, from the Bowdens stand at BBC Gardeners' World Live, below.