5 tips for successfully growing hostas

You don't need a green thumb or a lot of sun to grow hostas.

"(They are) one of the easiest perennials to grow in the shade or partial shade," said Tennessee master gardener Michael Payne.

Happy Powell, a businessman and farmer in Athens, Tenn., said hostas are prolific growers that can thrive at the edge of a natural wooded setting. "I like to put them around big trees where other plants will not grow," he said.

They'll reward gardeners with bursts of foliage, color and texture, Payne said. He offers the following tips for growing hostas.

1 The shade of a tree or the north side of your house is a perfect place for hostas. The deeper the shade, the darker the leaves will be. Those with lighter leaves can stand more sun on the outer edges of the tree line.