Favorite or New Plant
Old-fashioned bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis), is a must for the shade garden. It's a dependable performer with arching stems and dangling heart-shaped flowers over deeply cut leaves. Dicentra is easy to grow in well-drained soil enriched with compost. There are several other choices available, from the fringed bleeding heart with its fernlike leaves, to the hybrids that bloom with white flowers. There are even dwarf forms if space is at a premium. This perennial is excellent when teamed up with ferns, hostas, and annual impatiens.
Clever Gardening Technique
To clean your garden gloves after working in muddy soil, simply wash your hands with your gloves on. Use a bar of soap, just as you would if you were washing skin. Once the gloves are clean, remove them and set them in a warm location to dry; the top of the water heater is perfect. Leather gloves will dry stiff, but once you put them on your hands, they will soften up in no time flat!