Companion Plants For Bleeding Hearts
Ideal companions are other shade tolerant perennials like Primulas, Aquilegias, Epimediums,
Ferns or Hostas.
It is not only the flowers that make these plants so valuable for your
shaded garden areas. The beautifully cut foliage enhances and sets
off the flowers and adds additional interest to the garden.
You can find a selection of Bleeding Heart Varieties here
Propagation Of Bleeding Heart Plants
There are several ways to propagate bleeding heart plants.
- Seeds: you can sow the seed either in the ground or in seed trays. This is the preferred method if you require a lot of plants.
- Cuttings: take some cuttings in the spring when the plant starts to sprout or take of side shoots after the flowers have wilted away.
- Division: divide older, established plants while they are dormant. Replant them in the garden or grow them on in pots.
How To Transplant Dicentra
Dicentra plants don't particularly like to be disturbed and can easily
stay in the same place for over a decade without being split.
If you have to transplant Bleeding Heart perennials do it when the
plants are dormant. Very early spring before the plants start growing
again might be the best time.
Lift up the plant and divide the rootstock into several pieces. Add plenty of well
rotten garden compost to the soil and replant the roots.
Water the plants in well to settle the soil around the roots.
Bleeding Heart Varieties
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
A white Bleeding Heart with pure white flowers. This variety is not as vigorous as the pink one but it is very
attractive in front of a dark background.
reaches only about 8 inches in height. The
flowers are white with a yellow tip and appear from April to May. The
plant dies back
shortly after flowering. Dicentra cucullaria is also called 'Dutchman's Breeches'.
Find a selection of Bleeding Heart Varieties for sale here
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