My Bleeding Hearts are some of the first plants to bloom in the Spring (Apr, May). Their cascading heart-shaped blooms are one of my favorites. Last year, mine didn’t do very well. I have 2; one pink and one white. I think I probably need to try fertilizing them and see how they do this year. The white one was in the worst shape so I planted another; I hope the fertilizer does the pink one some good!
I’d like to look for a Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart. It has a similar pendant-shaped blossom, with ruby red flowers (great for attracting hummingbirds!) that have white scalloped edges. It’s also a perennial that can tolerate part- to full-shade. Rather than going dormant during summer months like the Old-Fashioned, the Burning Hearts blooms from March (weather permitting) to September in Zones 3-9.
I also like the silvery fern-like foliage; looks sturdier than the Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart. All cultivars of Bleeding Hearts are deer-resistant.
More About Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart
Botanical name: Dicentra
Common name: Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart
Estimated mature height: 10-12″ tall
Bloom time: early to late summer
Where to buy
American Meadows, 877-309-7333, AmericanMeadows.com
Holland Bulb Farms, 800-689-2852, HollandBulbFarms.com
Spring Hill Nursery, SpringHillNursery.com