Dicentra Spectabilis is an ideal plant for a shady border, especially if you like the country cottage look. As well as the pink species there is an attractive white one – great for a woodland look. Its common names are ‘Bleeding Heart’ and ‘Dutchman’s Breeches’, obviously derived from the unusual shape of the flowers. It’s a good one to grow with bold foliage plants – hostas, for example – and very easy to look after.
Author: Sheena Marsh
Sheena Marsh is a director at Oxford Garden Design and winner of the West Oxfordshire Business Person of the year award for 2018. Sheena has worked closely with hundreds of individual garden owners to produce practical landscape plans that really work for them. Sheena has been designing gardens in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties for over fifteen years. She’s written articles for many gardening magazines and is the Gardening Correspondent for the award winning Oxford Times Limited Edition Magazine. She has appeared as the Gardening Expert on BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman and Phil Mercer Shows. She also appeared in the Channel 4 ‘Great Garden Challenge’ programme, which was filmed at Blenheim Palace. Sheena takes garden tours around some of the famous gardens of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and gives a talk on the History of Garden Design for Oxfordshire Gardening Groups.