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I grow Spectabile alba and the usual pink n white dicentra. ......the white is my favourite.

Ive grown others like Luxuriant and  currently grow King of Hearts....these flower longer than spectabile so prob better value.  

What varieties do you grow?  Which is your favourite?  


My favourite has been removed from dicentras but if I call it Dicentra macrocapnos can it still be valid please?


Sp. Alba.Only like the white ones Verd....I am awful..


I only have the white one currently, but when in Cornwall I grew Dicentra formosa, which made a pleasant change... I really ought to get that one again, there's one called 'Bacchanal' that looks nice... and a pinkish one from Roger Brook - called 'Roger's Pink'... I think he's still waiting to develop this one... he's a Dicentra specialist...


I had Bacchanal, it was lovely for several years then started fading away. Not much left now.



..oh that's a shame, I wonder if some don't have a great constitution perhaps...?


I have a lovely one with lime green leaves and the usual pink/white flowers. Sadly Ive forgotton its name.


I have a deep red one with ferny leaves, lovely, typical flowers but different leaves - also a white one that runs gently under an old arch. 


I grow Alba in the white border - very strong plant - beautiful flowers right now.

Have just bought a red one -'Valentine' - but not planted it yet. really good colour. I think I will get a pink for the back side which is a bit of a mish-mash, shuld fit in well

Woodgreen wonderboy

V. I have just planted 2 Formosa's... Spring Gold and Spring Magic... both in partial shade bed behind a viburnam bush. Have widened the bed this year as the viburnam was encroaching. Nice opportunity to introduce some new varieties. These 2 look great alongside lamium, heucheuras,pulmonaria and a few freebee cowslips, aquilegias etc.

I also grow Alba in my white border and it looks better than ever this year. It will be joined with a few touches of purple this year. All white can look a bit flat and needs a touch of colour... but I think we have discussed this already.

The secret with all of them is not to let them dry out in summer so I give them plenty of    composf or dried manure. My spectabilis are huge this year...they have loved these conditions. I have a white one flowering beside a red astilbe in front of a blue grass, elymus magellanicus which has also grown tall this spring.  (for a beautiful blue foliage     there is nothing to compare with this grass, not even eucalyptus)

So nobody growing king of hearts then?  


WW dark inky purples are great with the whites. If you get good foliage contrasts - a bit of lime in there too - it lifts the whole thing.

Woodgreen wonderboy

Yes FG, all of these were bought for their foliage colour and contrast. They lighten up a shady corner.  And at least the current rain is settling them in V. If I see king of Hearts I shall surely give it a go. Is your red, blue and white combination to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee?  

I've got the white ones in a shady bed with bluebells, a gold variegated leaf vinca minor, brunnera, gold heuchera and forget-me-nots in blue and white backed with a viburnum opulus aurea and ilex Golden King . They all look very pretty and light up the area.

Oh yes forgot to say,  I've got the gold- leaved/pink flowered form and I think it's called  'Gold Heart'.


Sounds like nice planting hollytree

I don't have the gold leaved form of dicentra but know,of it.  May be tempted to add to my collection though


Thanks for the recommendation Verdun. I just looked up King of Hearts on Google and it's beautiful! I'm going to look out for that one at the nursery.  I have a spectabilis which I love and is the only real colour in my shady corner.

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