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Bleeding heart

Dicentra

It's easy to see the origin of bleeding heart's common name when you get a look at its heart-shape pink or white blooms with a protruding tip at the base of the heart. To grow bleeding heart, plant them in partial to full shade in moist, well-drained soil. Some types of bleeding heart bloom only in spring and others bloom spring, summer, and fall, provided temperatures aren't too high.

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Fringed bleeding heart
Fringed bleeding heart
Dicentra eximia has deeply cut, blue-green foliage and pink blooms rising to 1 foot tall. It reblooms through summer and fall as long as temperatures are not excessively hot. It is native to the Eastern U.S. Zones 4-8
'Gold Heart' bleeding heart
'Gold Heart' bleeding heart
Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' offers a dramatic color combination. It pairs chartreuse foliage with pink blooms to stunning effect. Zones 3-9
'King of Hearts' bleeding heart
'King of Hearts' bleeding heart
Dicentra 'King of Hearts' produces a mound of blue-green foliage 6-8 inches tall and masses of pink blooms in spring and again in late summer and fall. Zones 4-8
'Langtrees' bleeding heart
'Langtrees' bleeding heart
Dicentra formosa 'Langtrees' is a white form with ferny blue-green leaves. Like fringed bleeding heart, it blooms nearly continuously if weather conditions remain cool. Zones 4-8
Old-fashioned bleeding heart
Old-fashioned bleeding heart
Dicentra spectabilis is a 2- to 3-foot-tall springtime bloomer with long arching branches of dangling heart-shape blooms. It usually goes dormant in summer, so pair it with a plant that will fill in its space later in the year. Zones 3-9
White old-fashioned bleeding heart
White old-fashioned bleeding heart
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' has the same qualities as regular old-fashioned bleeding heart except its flowers are pure white. Zones 3-9

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Hosta
This plant hardly grown 40 years ago is now one of the most commonly grown garden plants. But hosta has earned its spot in the hearts of gardeners -- it's among the easiest plants to grow, as long as you have some shade and ample rainfall.Hostas vary from tiny plants suitable for troughs or rock gardens to massive 4-foot clumps with heart-shape leaves almost 2 feet long that can be puckered, wavy-edged, white or green variegated, blue-gray, chartreuse, emerald-edged -- the variations are virtually endless. Hostas in new sizes and touting new foliage features seem to appear each year. This tough, shade-loving perennial, also known as plaintain lily, blooms with white or purplish lavender funnel-shape or flared flowers in summer. Some are intensely fragrant. Hostas are a favorite of slug and deer.
Heart-leaf brunnera
In spring, a cloud of tiny blue flowers hovers above brunnera's mound of fuzzy heart-shape leaves. The plant prefers partial shade but can grow in full sun in cool climates provided it receives adequate moisture. Variegated forms need more shade; in full sun they're likely to scorch. It is sometimes called Siberian bugloss.
Lungwort
In early spring, the brilliant blue, pink, or white flowers of lungwort bloom despite the coldest chill. The rough basal leaves, spotted or plain, always please and continue to be handsome through the season and into winter. Planted close as a weed-discouraging groundcover, or in borders as edgings or bright accent plants, lungworts are workhorses and retain their good looks. Provide high-humus soil that retains moisture. Although lungwort tolerates dry conditions, be alert for mildew.
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