You gots ta work with what you have. What there is here is plenty shade and dappled light. That means hosta will grow here where other things will sulk and wither away.
Before we get to the hosta though, there is also a stunning native plant I would highly recommend for a shade garden where it is zone appropriate. False Solomon's Seal, Maianthemum racemosum, has the graceful form of the Solomon's Seal, but a much more dramatic and showy bloom. This is followed by a long display of bright red berries held above the foliage. It will form dense colonies and seems to keep itself weeded pretty well.
This would be a choice plant for the steep shady slope beneath the scenic highway in my own gardens to be.
Welcome to Hosta World where there is plenty room to hide under the big rosette of leaves.
If a hosta has a perceived difference in leaf form, it must be acquired and added to the collection. Here we have a chartreuse center with darker green edging.
A crinkled quilted leaf with chartreuse and green streaking.
A narrower green leaf with crisp clean white edging.
Oops. There is that red and yellow McKenna hybrid columbine again.
Another nice native plant with large dramatic leaves is the Umbrella Leaf, Diphylleia cymosa. It grows in the deep shade of the forest along the stream banks and in the moist seeps of the mountain side. The flowers are ok, but its more striking feature is a deep blue berry held above the leaf on a bright red stem later in the season.
It would be worth experimenting with to see how it would fare moved further away from the wet sites.
A mammoth solid green hosta.
A more rounded leaf with a dark green center and thicker clean white edging.
A hosta collage.
A small leafed solid chartreuse hosta with rhododendron and Lamium maculatum. The lamium as a ground cover for shade could be said to be on the aggressive side with a vengeance.
It would take a more precise accounting to show every variety of hosta planted in the ridge top garden. A sampling will have to do.
Bulbarella has been busy and a path that lines the new rhododendron garden annex is already lined with hosta divisions, astilbe and dwarf crested iris. Two dozen new one gallon rhododendrons have been purchased so far this year. Half of them will be planted in various locations outside of the new rhododendron garden annex.
The resident gardeners are 80 years old and they are planting one gallon rhododendrons which are not the fastest growing plants.
Think about the faith that requires.