Bleeding Heart & Granny’s Bonnet

Bleeding heart Lamprocapnos spectabilis var. Alba
Bleeding heart Lamprocapnos spectabilis var. Alba

I was very, very happy to see – some time ago now – that my Bleeding Heart was shooting. Last year, after a lovely season of the beautiful branches of white hearts, it succumbed to an infestation of mealybug and was consequently shorn to the ground.

dicentraI grew up knowing these Bleeding Hearts as Dicentra, but since 2006 they have been classified as Lamprocapnos. The white variety ‘Alba’ is glorious, but large sprays of the ‘standard’ pink variety look beautiful wherever you have dappled shade and moisture-retentive soil. Mine is growing under (ish) an established lilac tree (Syringa vulgaris), along with a selection of columbines aka Granny’s bonnet (Aquilegia vulgaris).

June, 2013
June, 2013

Although only planted last year (as above), the plants have really become established over the winter and are already covered in buds. (Sorry for the over-exposure!)


April, 2014
April, 2014

As you can see, they were joined by a rogue geranium I had left after doing some transplanting – and the smallest columbine there could do with being shifted elsewhere to give it some space to grow! If its white then I may have a space for it in the ‘blue and white border’, but if it proves to be too pink then it’ll be planted, uh, somewhere …!


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