Hosta – Assorted Colours, Shapes and Varieties. If you’re looking for an easy-care perennial for part shade, look no further. Hosta’s come in a wide variety of shapes and colours. As a general rule of thumb, the lighter the colour, the brighter the sun. The deeper shades retain their colour best in moderate shade. The variegated varieties require more sunlight to keep their stripes of white and gold. Hosta’s a re a favourite among gardeners as they are hardy and will tolerate almost any growing conditions, lasting for years. Fertilize each spring but do not let granular fertilizer sit on their leaves. However, be warned, the local deer population will love you for planting Hosta’s – consider planting Daffodils around your Hosta’s to keep them away from tender, emerging shoots.