Bleeding Hearts

 

Pink Bleeding Heart

Could any name more accurately describe the beauty of the bleeding heart?  Each spring, this classic large scale perennial graces shaded beds, borders and woodland gardens with their unique and prolific bloom. Their arching branches will span 2-3′ tall and wide, displaying rows of delicately swaying heart shaped flowers. Bleeding hearts are hardy and reliable plants. They can grow in a wide range of soils, but prefer a moist well-drained location. Bleeding hearts will grow best in part shade. As the summer temps heat up, it is not uncommon for them to die back and go dormant. Plant in part shade or dappled sun for the best performance and biggest show!

2 thoughts on “Bleeding Hearts”

    1. Hello Teri,

      The location of the plant determines how long into the summer the plant stays active. In rich, moist soil and part shade/shade, I’ve seen them maintain themselves through August. In hotter, sunnier locations, with soil that may not be so good, I’ve seen them shut down and go dormant at the beginning of July. This habit of going dormant early makes them a great companion plant to summer and fall blooming perennials that will pick up where they left off.

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