Name: bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis syn. Dicentra spectabilis.
Height: up to 1.2m
Foliage: feathery, fern-like bluish-green foliage emerges in spring.
Climate: cold temperate, warm temperate.
Soil: cool, humus-rich, well-drained.
Position: part to full shade.
Flowering: clusters of heart-shaped white, pink or pink and white flowers along thin arched stems in late spring.
Feeding: not a heavy feeder, and should get all the nutrients it needs from the soil.
Watering: water well during warmer months, don’t allow to dry out.
Bleeding heart is a delicate woodland plant with fern-like foliage with clusters of heart-shaped white, pink or pink and white flowers along arching stems in late spring and summer. This plant dies down in winter and will reshoot in early spring.
Bleeding heart is the perfect border plant to brighten up shady spots in your garden, under trees or in pots. It’s also great for cut flowers.
Keep your bleeding heart plant well-mulched to retain moisture and give it a deep soak weekly when it’s actively growing in spring and summer. Whether it’s in the garden or in a pot, make sure the soil never dries out. If you’ve planted it in the right spot, in soil rich in humus and organic matter, it should have all the food it needs. They’re not particularly hungry plants, but if yours is in a pot you could give it a feed with Seasol or other liquid fertiliser in spring—check out the range in store.
After flowering has finished in summer, let the leaves die back and yellow completely before you cut them back. This will help your bleeding heart store the nutrients it needs to grow strong and produce plenty of flowers next spring.
Snails and slugs love these plants, particularly the new shoots in early spring. Protect them with a snail and slug bait such as On Guard Snail Gel.
Over time, your plant will develop into large clumps which can be easily divided in winter.
Bleeding heart can be grown from seed by scattering seed directly into the garden in late autumn.
Hosta: shade-loving foliage plant with heart-shaped leaves in greens, blues, greys and creams. Perfect to plant among bleeding hearts as a cover as they go into dormancy.
Bird’s nest fern: an Australian native fern with bright green fronds shooting from the centre, resembling a bird’s nest. Great for indoors or outside in moist soils with filtered sun.
Bergenia: shade-lover with broad, glossy green leaves producing a mass of pink flowers in spring
Heuchera: fast-growing, compact shade lover with attractive year-round colourful foliage.
Siberian Bugloss: great plant for shady spots, with heart-shaped silver foliage and blue in spring and early summer.
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