Introduced to the UK from it's native origins in China by plant collector Robert Fortune in 1846, you may know and perhaps be more familiar with Dicentra (Lamprocapnos) Spectabilis by its common name bleeding heart, so called because of the heart shaped pink flowers which hang from it's arching stems. This herbaceous perennial is a spectacular early flowerer from spring to the early days of summer. There are numerous different varieties and colours in the family papaveraceae, but by far this is the most common choice and colour in Britain's cottage gardens.
Dicentra Spectabilis are quite easy to grow and will can tolerate most soil types. The more loamy the soil the better your Dicentra will do so if your soil is particularly poor add in plenty of humus rich compost before planting. They are do ok in sun but prefer shady or partially shaded areas.
By mid and certainly late summer the Dicentra's show is very much over. Don't be to worried if your plant foliage starts to go yellow and brown mid way through the summer season. This can be cut back or trimmed but don't be tempted to cut it hard back whilst there is still some green as the plant is still absorbing strength from the leaves ready to appear again next Spring. You can lift and split your Dicentra's every 4-5 years if required.
Dicentra Spectabilis Alba is the most common white flowered variety. Its leaves have a lime green colour and almost fern like quality. Happy to be planted in a partially shaded cool border or woodland glade, it will usually have a longer flowering time and can maintain its leaves later than some of its pink cousins.General discussion and your views are welcome please say hello. I regret however because of my busy schedule, I am unable to answer many questions. Sneaky advertising will be deleted sorry. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.