Hosta with containers by Laura DeeterFragrant flowering hosta are the Oriental Lilies of the shade world. These scented ladies can be white or light lavender and start blooming in early, mid or late summer. Unlike fragrant roses, hosta blooms aren’t bothered by Japanese beetles. And there are no red lily beetles attacking them as they do Oriental Lilies like ‘Casa Blanca’. And even though slugs and snails can be a drag, rarely do these slimers hike it all the way to the top ‘flower floor’. So sprinkle these heavenly scented hosta around patios, sitting areas, decks, and other places where noses can enjoy them.

Here are a few nose-pleasing beauties:

‘Royal Standard’ (pictured) Shiny, rich green, ribbed leaves. White flowers. Late summer bloomer. 26”
‘Honeybells’ Medium green, slightly shiny leaves. Lavender flowers. Late summer bloomer. 26”
‘Aphrodite’ Shiny green, ribbed leaves. Double white flowers. Late summer bloomer. 24”
‘Fragrant Blue’  Smooth frosty blue, heart shaped, lightly ribbed leaves. Light lavender flowers. Early to mid-summer bloomer. 18”
‘Fragrant Bouquet’ Very light green, ribbed leaves with soft yellow margins. White flowers. Mid-summer bloomer. 20”
Hosta Royal Standard from Walters Gardens‘Fragrant Queen’ Similar to ‘Fragrant Bouquet’ but deeper green leaves and much wider, creamy to white margins. White to light lavender flowers. Late summer bloomer. 16”
‘Guacamole’ A sport of ‘Fragrant Bouquet’. Large, chartreuse to light green, ribbed leaves with dark green margins. White flowers. Late summer bloomer. 22”
‘Stained Glass’ A sport of ‘Guacamole’. Long, striking gold leaves with wide, dark green margins. Pale lavender flowers. Late summer bloomer. 15”