RHS Award of Garden Merit® Plants
The Royal Horticulture Society's Award of Garden Merit goes only to plants that meet a minimum of the following requirements: "excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions, available( at nurseries and garden centers ), of good constitution, essentially stable in form and colour, and reasonably resistant to pests and diseases". The AGM list is updated periodically to ensure that these are still the best of the best. "Awards are only made after assessment by an RHS forum of experts appointed by the Society to assess that particular trial. Each forum has its own area of expertise, and draws upon the experience of a wide range of experts, including nurserymen, specialist growers and well-known horticulturists. This assessment must then be ratified by the relevant Plant Committee. The trial and assessments usually take place at one of the four RHS Gardens but can also take place at one of our partner gardens, National Trust gardens or commercial nurseries." For more information and to see all of the RHS AGM winners visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/trials-awards/award-of-garden-merit.
In midspring, this old heirloom favorite perennial produces long chains of dangling rosy-pink heart-shaped flowers from which contrasting white petals emerge or 'bleed'. The Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis, is a shade loving clump forming perennial that develops into a soft mound of finely cut and finely textured bluish green foliage that adorns arching stems. They will perform best in a shaded site with well-drained semi-moist loamy soils with moderate amounts of organic matter. Provide a your Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts with a site that is protected from drying winds as well as late frosts (even the branches of leafless deciduous trees can provide some frost protection for this shade loving perennial). A 1993 RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Naturally summer dormant. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11905