Bleeding Heart –
Silvery blue-green fern-like foliage under clusters of heart-shaped soft pink blossoms. This variety blooms most freely in late spring, but continues lightly throughout the summer and into early fall.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line.
Hosta – Large hostas, such as Siebold hosta are excellent at filling in the void left when old-fashioned bleeding heart dies back to the ground in midsummer.
Heart-leaf brunnera – Heart-leaf brunnera makes a lovely combination with bleeding heart. Its bold foliage provides a contrast to the finely divided leaves of bleeding heart, while its airy blue flowers float above.
Lungwort – Lungwort makes an excellent foreground plant for bleeding heart. It blooms at the same time, but carries interest through summer with its silver-splotched foliage.