68 HOSTAS THAT THRIVE IN THE LOWER SOUTH Of the dozens of exquisite hosta varieties, the range . Do not let the pots dry out completely even in winter. Hostas (Hosta spp.), also called plantain lily, funkia or August lily are cool customers in the shade garden. These herbaceous perennials die back in fall and live . The annual life cycle of hosta (Hosta spp.), or plaintain lily, illustrates the phenomenon of winter dieback known as dormancy. The plant leaves wither and . are sleeping through the winter. . Voles can ruin a hosta garden in a warm winter producing as treuse leaves that have exquisite wavy white margins. While most foliage plants are solely valued for their leaves, hostas offer the added advantage of exquisite, lily-like flowers. Although individual . occurs during the freeze-thaw cycles that we experience every winter. Lightly sprinkling water . 9 thg 7, 2003 - Hostas, the trendy but tough perennials, may well be the best friends that . the plants a chance to slow their growth and get ready for winter dormancy. . Whether their first hosta is an exquisite tiny treasure or a big and bold, . Three Dogs in a Garden:The creamy-white variegation of the hostas, the grey-green leaves of the Japanese Maple, and the sharp chartreuse of the Pagoda . Sought after yellow hosta that holds it color all season. . Provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, 2' of leaves or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to .