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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
Find your Plant Hardiness Zone here.

Bleeding Heart: A Shade-Loving Beauty

Bleeding HeartThere are several plants that come up and greet the gardener with the warm welcome that spring is finally here. One of these plants is the favorite Bleeding Heart, which illuminates shady areas with unique, heart-shaped blooms. These easy-to-grow perennials make a bold statement planted on their own or paired with other shade-loving perennials.

The story behind the name “Bleeding Heart” is quite interesting. The heart-shaped blooms are one reason for the name. The other comes from a Japanese legend, which is where these plants originate. It is said that a young man tried to win the love of a young lady by first giving her a pair of rabbits, which signify the first two petals of the flower, then a pair of slippers, which signify the next two petals of the flower, and finally a pair of earrings, which are the last two petals of the flower. She rejected him with each gift, eventually leading him to pierce his heart with a sword (which signifies the middle part of the flower), causing him to have a bleeding heart.

Bleeding Heart

Although carrying a somewhat bleak history, Bleeding Hearts are anything but. Clumping, deep green foliage offsets the elegant, heart-shaped blooms that come in shades of white, red, and pink. These gorgeous perennials can be planted on their own, but also look fabulous grouped with Ferns, Hostas, and Astilbe. Bleeding HeartsBleeding Hearts are also deer resistant and attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden.

What are your favorite varieties of Bleeding Heart? Please post in the comments below or share a photo on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!

6 thoughts on “Bleeding Heart: A Shade-Loving Beauty”

  • cathy brewer

    will bleeding hearts grow in west central florida?

  • Jojo Quiambao
    Jojo Quiambao May 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I love this flower. We used to have the red variety but find the pink more beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • peg

    I need o move my plant out of the Sun. Garden gets too much for this beauty in the summer. Is great now but as the summer Sun beats down it is not so pretty.

  • Lawanda Pegram

    I have a couple bleeding hearts in my garden and I think they are beautiful, I loose them very fast because I have them in full sun light, I'm going to move them to the shade and maybe I can enjoy them longer. Love flowers.

  • DC in DC

    I have a pink bleeding heart in shade that dies back as the temperature rises in May and June. Isn't this just the nature of the plant to die back after the spring blooming period?

  • Marylyn Coriell
    Marylyn Coriell June 5, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I have several hanging baskets of bleeding heart and it hangs & cascades beautifully over the baskets. It loves light, but not much sun. It will burn and die. Trim spent blooms and it continues blooming more. I have a dark crimson red and pink. It has to have good moisture and drainage.

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