Bleeding hearts are always welcome in a shade garden and this one is especially desirable. With its deep rose flowers trimmed with white and its soft blue-gray foliage it adds a lot of color over a long bloom season with time out only in the hottest part of the summer. It’s mounding habit gives it a neat appearance even when out of bloom. Dead-head and water it during droughts to keep it looking good and blooming all summer. If it dries out it will go dormant but will probably return the following spring.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Deep rose heart-shaped flowers trimmed with white are borne in clusters on slender curved stems above the foliage from spring until fall.

Foliage: Finely cut blue-gray leaves

Size: 10-12” H x 12” W

Light: Part sun to shade

Soil: Fertile to moderate, humus rich, moist, well-drained

Fertilizer: Apply thick layer of compost around plant in spring

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Dead head; water well during periods of drought

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Division

Companion plants: Hostas, ferns, coral bells (Heuchera), foamflower (Tiarella)

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By Karen