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Monday, May 14, 2012

Pure and Simple

When spring days get a bit warmer like this past weekend, we may seek refuge in the shade. So if you’re developing a woodland garden or a shaded border, here is a perennial favorite with a heart-shaped white flower, so pure and simple it becomes a ‘must-have’ for the garden enthusiast. Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' is a white-colored form of the common rose-colored bleeding heart. Perfect as a springtime accompaniment for Hostas and Ferns (there are many other woodland combinations that work nicely) this mid-height perennial goes dormant in the heat of the summer. This is one of those ‘plan ahead’ situations in your planting scheme by compensating with other woodland perennials or groundcover that can move in and fill the missing gap. If the summer season stays mild and moist, you may see this perennial hang in there a bit longer. Bleeding hearts do not like their feet drenched and soaking, just moist, humusy soils that keep this herbaceous perennial hydrated. Another wide-range Zone plant (3-9), Bleeding hearts can find a home in many places. This Buddha quote seems to end this Monday post perfectly with today’s flower pick -Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'. “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
Image of Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' by Ann Bilowz

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