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Dicentra Love Hearts

Dicentra Love Hearts

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The Lily Pad
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$15.99
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$12.99
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Compact and incredibly long-blooming, 'Love Hearts' is a wonderful shade-loving specifmen with attractive blue-green foliage. The heart-shaped blooms are white with purple ends and abundantly adorned on leafless stems (scapes) that gracefully arch up and out from the plant. This plant will bloom continuously from late spring until the first frost. 'Love Hearts' is suitable for containers as well, neat and compact, with its full-grown height reaching only 10 to 12 inches. The attractive foliage resembles fern-like leaves, adding delicate texture to the shade garden and maintaining the alluring appeal of 'Love Hearts' both before and after its season of bloom.  'Love Hearts' thrives in average to moist soil, withstanding a little dampness provided it is dry in winter. Its habit is spreading, filling in large plantings nicely. You will be delighted by its long season of color and vigorous growth.
Botanical name: Dicentra hybrida 'Love Hearts' 
Form: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Flower Color: White, purple ends
Foliage Type: Blue-green fern-leaf 
Bloom time: Early summer - Mid fall
Height: 12 inches 
Spread: 12 inches
Light requirements: Full to partial shade
Plant depth: 1 inch of soil over the root crown 

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Tips and Growing Instructions

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These delicate-looking plants are actually sturdy and trouble-free additions to the perennial border or woodland garden. An old-fashioned beauty, Dicentra spectabilis bears arching stems of pendant, puffy heart-shaped blooms in pink or white and can grow to three feet tall and as wide where happy. The longer-blooming, shorter forms boast attractive green to blue-green foliage that is lovely in the garden from spring to fall. Both types make excellent cut flowers.

Bareroot Dicentra spectabilis should be planted with the crown 2″ below the soil line, but the crown of smaller bareroot varieties should be 1″ below the soil line. Bleeding Heart thrives in evenly moist, rich soil in partial to full shade, although flowering is best with morning sun and afternoon shade. Consistent watering is best for all; D. spectabilis will go dormant during dry conditions in summer. A two-inch layer of mulch will help buffer soil moisture and keep the ground cooler. A slightly acidic soil (pH 6.0 to 6.5) is ideal, but plants will tolerate a pH up to 7.5. Apply compost or a general purpose, granular fertilizer in spring.

Dicentra is occasionally bothered by slugs and snails, but this is rarely a serious problem. If grown in poorly drained, wet soil, the crowns of the plants may rot. Avoid these soils and allow good air circulation. Keep mulch several inches away from the base of the plants.

Dicentra is lovely with other denizens of light shade such as Aquilegia, Ferns, Tiarella, Campanula, Alchemilla, Phlox divaricata, and Pulmonaria, and truly enlivens woodland gardens. Plant D. spectabilis with Hosta or spreading perennial Geraniums, or fill in with annuals when this plant goes dormant in summer. The smaller varieties of Dicentra will bloom right up until frost in temperate climates, especially if old flower stems are removed. In areas with very hot summers, flowering may stop but will resume with cooler weather. Regular removal of yellowing foliage will keep plants looking fresh.

If desired, plants can be gingerly divided in early spring: gently separate the brittle roots, replanting vigorous pieces from the outer edge of the plant. Remove dead foliage after a killing frost in autumn, or anytime it becomes unattractive. A light mulch after the ground freezes will protect from winter heaving.


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