Growing hostas can really become an addiction, people with this addiction are often affectionately referred to as hostaholics. With so many varieties of all shapes, sizes, colours and textures, it is so easy to find ones that are totally different to what you already have and you just can't help yourself when you find that exciting new one. For most people this hosta habit starts very innocently, sometimes one or two common varieties from the garden centre or gifted to them, when they realise how easy they are to grow and beautiful they are they want more!
How many is too many?
In our opinion, you really can't have too many hostas. With so many varieties of different sizes you just need to think carefully about which ones you want more than others; make a wishlist and priorities those really special ones. Buy hostas that work with the size of your garden. If you have a huge garden, why not try growing 2m wide giants? If you have a balcony, why not have miniature varieties in small pots or make an Auricula Theatre to display them.
When it gets tight and you need to make room, we recommend dividing some of your hostas down and giving the division to friends to start their own collection.
Are there national collections?
There are many national collections of hostas which you are able to visit throughout the year. From the Hanging Hostas of Hampshire, June Colley and John Baker's collection of around 1000 varieties in their back garden to King Charles' national collection of giant and large leaf varieties at Highgrove House.
You may well have a national collection of your own if you hold a large number of varieties and applying for national collection status is a great way to help preserve the genus that you love.