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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Apr 11, 2014 1:59 PM CST

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Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart'
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Name: Bob
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Apr 11, 2014 6:22 PM CST

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How long do you have yours? I have always found them very short lived. Most times no more then 2 years.
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kqcrna
Apr 11, 2014 6:42 PM CST
I bought one last year. It really dwindled in our summer heat. No sign of it yet this spring. Shrug!

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pirl
Apr 11, 2014 6:52 PM CST
The opposite is true here. They self seed all over. One year I removed 100 in just one area that isn't large, maybe 2 x 10'.


The white one does not self-seed at all.
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Apr 11, 2014 7:19 PM CST

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Karen that is pretty much what happened most the times I have tried them.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 11, 2014 7:32 PM CST
Very pretty Pirl!
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pirl
Apr 11, 2014 7:38 PM CST
Thanks. I have lots of the Exima as well. That one really self-seeds!!!
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Name: cheshirekat
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ckatNM
Apr 11, 2014 9:13 PM CST
Bleeding Hearts are very pretty. I used to grow them in my zone 5 home. I grew them outside my front door along with periwnkle and daylilies. I later added some crocus and a border of hen and chicks. I could never get the bleeding hearts to grow in full sun. But they were very happy to grow close to the house and greet me as I went out the front door.

I don't have many shady places where I live now.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 12, 2014 6:09 AM CST
@ckatNM They are very pretty and I love shade plants so much. I created extra shade by planting a fast growing tree which also blooms beautifully. I have never grown periwnkle, does it reseed?
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kqcrna
Apr 12, 2014 6:11 AM CST
Mine was in morning sun, afternoon shade. But last year was WET! Constant rain. How much moisture do bleeding hearts want or need? My unestablished plant might have just gotten too much rain. Or maybe I'll get lucky and it will show up again. Most of my perennials are just starting to peek up.

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virginiarose
Apr 12, 2014 7:42 AM CST
I read that they die back after they flower but they do like a lot of water. This website is suggesting that you plant them with Hostas so the hostas will cover them when the die-back occurs.


http://landscaping.about.com/od/perennialflowers/p/bleeding_...
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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Apr 12, 2014 3:11 PM CST

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I have had Gold Heart for 3 years. It's growing like crazy. I love the gold foliage. I have one called Valentine with red blooms. I'll take a photo of it too.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 12, 2014 3:57 PM CST
That's great Clint. I was thinking about getting Gold Heart. When do yours die back?
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clintbrown
Apr 12, 2014 4:17 PM CST

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That one dies back very late. I think it lasts until fall.
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virginiarose
Apr 12, 2014 4:42 PM CST
Well that would be good, if I can find room in the shade garden. Thumbs up
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clintbrown
Apr 12, 2014 5:34 PM CST

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It really depends on the amount of shade. I like the gold one because it glows even when it's not blooming. I have to find some white ones!
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 12, 2014 5:52 PM CST
That's the good thing about foliage plants, they are beautiful all the time not just when they bloom.
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ckatNM
Apr 12, 2014 8:37 PM CST
@virginarose The periwinkles are very very easy to grow. I got them as a ground cover because I was informed that they spread easily in partial shade. That was not the case for me and all the neighbors I gave some to. I dug up quite a bit over the years and tried to get it to spread in various partially shaded spots. The main reason I had it growing next to the door is that the water spigot 3' nearby caused a constant puddle at the door. With the bed of flowers, it would sometimes be too muddy when the husband blew dirt all over with the "Jet" setting of the hand watering nozzle.

I thought the hen and chicks I later added spread much more quickly and soon gave me a nice border around that bed that seemed to keep the periwinkle contained. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/hens... the difference in green hues with the vinca's purple flowers were quite nice.

I had bleeding hearts and daylilies in that bed that did very well. And also some crocus, the first spring blooms in my front yard. Which reminds me that I need to plant some crocus here in the fall. Those are the flowers I always looked for to herald the arrival of spring. Even when they were sitting proud and cheery while surrounded by snow.
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Rose1656
Apr 13, 2014 5:12 AM CST
I've had my Gold Heart for several years and it's huge. I'm thinking about splitting it this spring, and spreading it out in other beds. My bleeding hearts never die back, but I do cut them down so the hostas can put on their show for the season. It's just starting to come up now, but it's taller than my old fashioned ones.

Clint,

I almost ordered the Valentine bleeding heart, but chose Love Hearts instead. I'll probably regret my choice after seeing your photos! I've learned that the pics in the magazines very seldom look like mine! It's always nice to see pics from somebody's gardens.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 13, 2014 6:42 AM CST
ckatNM said:@virginarose The periwinkles are very very easy to grow. I got them as a ground cover because I was informed that they spread easily in partial shade. That was not the case for me and all the neighbors I gave some to. I dug up quite a bit over the years and tried to get it to spread in various partially shaded spots. The main reason I had it growing next to the door is that the water spigot 3' nearby caused a constant puddle at the door. With the bed of flowers, it would sometimes be too muddy when the husband blew dirt all over with the "Jet" setting of the hand watering nozzle.

I thought the hen and chicks I later added spread much more quickly and soon gave me a nice border around that bed that seemed to keep the periwinkle contained. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/hens... the difference in green hues with the vinca's purple flowers were quite nice.

I had bleeding hearts and daylilies in that bed that did very well. And also some crocus, the first spring blooms in my front yard. Which reminds me that I need to plant some crocus here in the fall. Those are the flowers I always looked for to herald the arrival of spring. Even when they were sitting proud and cheery while surrounded by snow.


Green Grin! Thanks for the advice! I am sorry to say the link did not work. I'm all ears! Do you have a better link?

What kind of Periwinkle do you have?
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