Cutting back Bleeding Hearts

My bleeding hearts are still green and huge. Will it hurt them to cut them back now to allow light to get to the hostas and ferns. It seems that in the past, they have turned brown and disappeared by now.
Submitted by gmablack12

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. If you've had a cooler or wetter-than-average summer, your bleeding hearts won't die back as quickly. While it won't hurt the plant to cut it back now, it will decrease the display you get next year because now's the time the plant is gathering energy for next year's flowers.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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