Best Of The Bunch: Dicentra
THESE elegant perennials with fern-like foliage and heart-shaped flowers on arching stems make a great addition to the border, combining well with low-growing plants such as mossy saxifrages and hellebores, hostas and hardy geraniums.
The heart-shaped flowers of Dicentras
come in the pretty pink and white of Dicentra
spectabilis or the pure white of Dicentra
These creeping dicentras
, which flowering in early spring, are great for a shady spot, especially if not-too-rampant ground cover is needed.
, better known as Bleeding Hearts, are another early flowering herbaceous plant.
Shade-loving plants (such as evergreen ferns, hostas, dicentras
and pulmanias) make good companions with each other and the contrasts of foliage can be striking.