‘Gold Heart’ an Old Fashioned bleeding heart

Fri. Jan. 26, 2018

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Now I’m thinking about Three Dog Night – Just an old fashioned love song comin’ down in 3 part harmony!

One of the first flowers to come forth in a most delightful way is the Bleeding Heart.  And in particular, one that I was just recently reminded of, is the cultivar ‘Gold Heart’.  What’s special about this guy?  Oh, let me count the ways.  It’s early burst through the Spring soil with shoots displaying shades of yellow, red and pink.


This shade plants leaves are a welcoming yellowy chartreuse.  It grows each year to a wonderful 3 feet by 3 feet.  The May flowers shaped like hearts with a teardrop at the bottom, can last up to 3 weeks depending on the weather.  I love how they sweet flowers hang from limbs.

Bleeding heart – not ‘Gold heart’ but lovely just the same!

As for ‘Gold Heart’, here’s another good reason to get it, when the green-leaved varieties have pooped out, ‘Gold Heart’ leaves party on!  They hold their foliage into late September.

Keep bleeding hearts away from hot afternoon sun.  With it’s size, ‘Gold Heart’ would look great at the back of the border with heuchera, hostas, ferns and other shade lovers.

It thrives in moist soils, not too wet, not too dry.  That also makes it a great companion to astilbe.  This plant has no major disease or insect issues.  The main thing is to cut back the foliage after it’s lost the battle with time in late Fall and then wait and watch for those beautiful shoots in the Spring.  ‘Gold Heart’ has been around for a couple of decades so it’s readily available at many local garden centers.