Hostas are essential plants because they thrive in shade, have wonderful shapely leaves and often gorgeous rich foliage colours, and combine extremely well with scores of different plants. They can be used as ground cover and as stunning specimens in ornamental pots. Hosta look great when planted with ferns,or grasses. Another good idea is to plant up early spring bulbs with Hostas, just as the leaves of the Hosta are opening your spring display will be over, and the unsightly leaves of your spring bulbs will be hidden. If their is a disadvantage with Hosta it has to be the fact that slugs love them. If you are tempted to use slug pellets,avoid using them in an on going manner, check out the ones that claim to be wildlife friendly.