How can I stop my bleeding hearts from dying back and turning yellow in the summer?

My bleeding hearts die back and turn yellow in summer, and I'm left with a huge bare spot in my garden. How can I stop this?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Old-fashioned bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) naturally goes dormant by midsummer. Placing the plant where it's kept cool and moist (but not wet, or it will rot) can help prolong its growing season, but it doesn't usually stay green all the way to autumn. To prevent gaps in your garden, you can grow other plants alongside your bleeding heart. Shade lovers such as astilbe (Astilbe) and hosta (Hosta) usually come into their own about the time the bleeding heart fades away.


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