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Bleeding Heart in the Garden

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Apr 14, 2016

Bleeding Heart

Before you worry, no there was no horrible accident in my garden last weekend. I am talking about Dicentra spectabilis more commonly know as bleeding heart thanks to its very intertesting looking flowers. This is a popular herbaceous plant at the moment in the garden centre with many people looking to add it to their gardens. At the moment in CounrtyLife we have both white and pink flowering varieties on sale.

Bleeding heart is a plant that is native to Asia but that does extremely well in Ireland. As a rule of thumb it likes a sunny position with a damp (but not waterlogged) soil. I find from growing them in my own garden that the plant really benefits from a good covering of mulch in autumn which will rot down over winter and give the plant a great start the following spring. Slugs can be an issue for the plant, particullarly in spring, so gardeners should be vigilant during this time. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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