Plant Pick

This week's plant pick is Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis.

These plants are perfect for the low maintenance gardener who has some shade. You can choose a variety with pink or white blooms. Once it's established you don't need to worry about them, they are so easy!

I have had this Bleeding Heart for over 5 years, it was in a pot for the past 4. I just planted it in the ground this past fall under a Douglas Fir in our back yard. I'll divide it this year.

I have had this Bleeding Heart for over 5 years, it was in a pot for the past 4. I just planted it in the ground this past fall under a Douglas Fir in our back yard. I'll divide it this year.

 

Fun Facts

  • Likes Partial Shade and moist soil, great for shady woodland area.

  • Easy to care for.  

  • Flower's are deep pink or white. 

  • Blooming Time: Normally late spring...this year, NOW

  • Foliage is Light Green

  • Plant Characteristics

    •  Attracts Butterflies

    •  Great in a border

    •  Perfect for containers

    •  Can use as a cut flower

    •  Deer Resistant

    •  Divides Easily  

  • Height: 27-35 inches

  • Spread: 27-35 inches

Perennials that die back to the ground and come up new every year are so simple to care for. You never have to worry about pruning them, they look fresh and beautiful each and every year. This plant you can divide every few years, meaning you can cut if in half and replant the new divided piece.

How to divide:

  1. Dig your bleeding heart plant in late summer to early fall before the plant's foliage dies back. Dig about 6 inches around the base of the plant, loosening it in place.

  2. Cut down through the center of the root ball with a shovel.

  3. Place new section in mostly shady area in a hole at least 6 inches deep. Water regularly. Once established, bleeding hearts are virtually maintenance-free.

In late January it started peeking up out of the ground...this was about a month earlier than normal.

In late January it started peeking up out of the ground...this was about a month earlier than normal.