This was my first plant I brought home from when i studied horticulture in college. It was my absolute favorite then and is still my favorite many years later. I planted it in full shade as the centerpiece with 3 large, aromatic hostas. I let the 2 varieties of wild violets and wild strawberries grow as groundcover. I also had tradscantias, astilbes, Japanese painted ferns, Solomon's seal, English ivy, a regular bleeding heart, and several other shade-loving plants nearby. I wanted to plant a taller groundcover or a flower that was of median height to the other plants around the gold bleeding heart to smooth out the drastic height/size differences in that area but I ended up moving before I was comfortable with planting around the bleeding heart; I felt it hadn't grown large enough for me to gauge how much room I actually had to work with. By the time I moved it was 3 years old and about 1'×1'.
'Gold Heart' Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis
Get more from the classic perennial, Bleeding Heart! Instead of green foliage, this plant will produce beautiful golden yellow foliage (chartreuse in more shade). Pink and white heart-shaped blooms appear in spring.Foliage InterestAttracts:BeesHummingbirdsResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:18 - 24 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:Pink and whiteFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:YellowHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Shade to Shade
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Late WinterHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Alkaline SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
This woodland perennial likes rich, loose soil that is evenly moist but also well-drained. At planting time, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities. Do not plant in clay soils. Protect from high winds and early frosts.'Gold Heart' Dicentra spectabilis
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Livia Tew, Illinois, United States, 2 years ago