Bleeding hearts are a favorite for full- to partial- shade spots. These Valentine-esque blooms provide a cheerful, exotic look for your garden. Bleeding hearts produce heart-shaped blooms and feature attractive gray-green foliage. Many varieties provide dozens of blooms at once, adding color to the shady spots of your garden.
Most Popular Colors: Pink, purple, red, cream, pure white.
Blooming Season: Spring.
Soil Preferences: Bleeding hearts prefer moist soil, but can sustain rot if left in extremely soggy soil. Amend the soil with organic matter for fertilization.
Climate Preferences: Winter-hardy in most temperate climates.
Sun Exposure: Partial to full shade.
Landscaping Tips: Most bleeding heart varieties die back by midsummer, so consider planting them with other shade-tolerant plants to avoid bare patches. Consider astilbe, ferns, or hostas.
Planting: Because grown height and spread depends on variety, check for planting instructions included with your bleeding hearts. Choose a spot with well-drained soil, and work in compost to help retain moisture.
Keep bleeding hearts well-watered, but don’t allow the soil to become soggy.
Plants will die back soon after flowering, usually when the weather warms.