Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionWe're sure you'll fall in love with 'Burning Hearts' bleeding heart (Dicentra) as it blooms from April to September! Deep-red flowers have delicate white margins, accentuating their heart shape. The flowers hover above compact, fern-like foliage. The leaves are airy and frilly, boasting cool blue and silver hues contrasting with red flowers.
'Burning Hearts' is heat tolerant, and while its foliage will stay looking fresh all season long, it may take a break from flowering at the peak of summer. Try planting it in a rock garden, as ground cover, or underplanting shrubs, and it won’t disappoint. All it needs to succeed is a well-draining soil, part sun or shade, and a home in your garden!DetailsBotanical name: Dicentra 'Burning Hearts' Common name: Bleeding heart, Old fashioned bleeding heart Zone: 3 – 9 Sun exposure: Part sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Height x width: 12-18" tall and wide Flower color: Red Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Late spring through summer Uses: Accent, container planting, massing, ornamental, rock garden, edging, underplanting How To GrowSoil: Easily grown in humus-rich soil that is moist, but still well-draining. Light: Grows best in part sun (4-6 hours sun) but can handle full shade (< 4 hours sun). Will have fewer flowers when grown in shade, so part sun is recommended. Water: Thrives with average moisture. It prefers moist soils that do not dry out during summer, but does not tolerate wet soils in winter. Spacing: 2-3 ft. Fertilizing: It does not require fertilization in nutrient-rich soils. However, if the soil is low in nutrients, apply a small amount of all-purpose garden fertilizer in the spring. Winterizing: Cut foliage back in the winter and apply a thin layer of mulch to insulate the roots. Maintenance & pruning: After the flowers fade, cut the flower stems back to keep the planting looking tidy and promote more blooms.