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Bleeding heart and hosta pot display


Bleeding heart is a particularly lovely spring-flowering perennial. Here, we've set it off by combining it with variegated hosta and bugle. It's perfect for brightening up a shady corner, and when you've finished with the display, the plants can be repotted or planted in the garden.

Plant it: any time
At its best: March - April
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Adding compost


Place a layer of crocks at the bottom of pot, then three-quarters fill it with compost.

Planting up the pot


Position the bleeding heart at the back of the pot and the other plants slightly in front of it. Fill with compost to within 5cm of the rim, firming around the plants with your fingers to squeeze out any air pockets.

Watering the container


Water the plants thoroughly and allow to drain. Add more compost to fill any gaps if necessary. 

Bleeding heart and hosta container display


Position the pot in a partially shaded spot, where you can enjoy the dainty blooms of the bleeding heart, in contrast with the lush foliage of the hosta.

Our tip

If you plant up in cooler weather, keep the pot in a sheltered spot, as the foliage of the bleeding heart is vulnerable to damage from spring frosts.

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Talkback: Bleeding heart and hosta pot display
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Burly_Elmwood 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Thanks for this, I'm keen to build up a collection of native woodland plants like these. Can anyone suggest any others? I already have foxgloves and cowslips - further suggestions gratefully received! Happy gardening!

tosca1 12/04/2012 at 18:37

Pulmonnaria and Aquilegia will go well with those

rosie plum 12/04/2012 at 19:26

bugle and primroses....and ferns and ivy go well with anything also mixed with hardy geraniums

CELIA ROWSON 16/04/2012 at 20:12

I have just bought Tiarella (foam flower) and I see it is invasive, anybody know just how much, and if it is spread rapidly by the root system or selfseeding,and should I not plant it in the border?