Hostas are ubiquitous in our area. They do well in shade, and we have plenty with all the tall trees around us. These plants are very easy to transplant, so if you have some in one area and would like to have more in another, watch how we do it.
I've traded hostas with several neighbors, I'm partial to the large leafed blue-green varieties. You can check out more info at the American Hosta Society.
Slugs love hostas, so do deer. We don't have a large numbers of either one, thankfully.