Hosta are among the most popular of perennials for shady areas, with hundreds of varieties now readily available. Plants form a sturdy mound of foliage, topped with lily-like blooms. This smaller selection has narrow, glossy leaves that start out gold centered with a green edge, change to light green with a dark green margin, then all green by late summer. Deep purple flowers appear in August. Suitable also for planting in mixed containers or tubs. Hosta go completely dormant in the fall, and the dying foliage can be removed any time before mid spring. While deer enjoy eating Hosta, this variety may be slightly less palatable to deer than others.