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Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding_HearsBleeding 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.

Botanical Name:

Dicentra

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.

Care:

  • 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.
  • Fertilize with compost or other organic matter.

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