Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Spring Beauty I - Dicentra spectabilis 'Goldheart'

One beauty that came out a few years ago and has since done well, is Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart', with the usual pink and white flowers, but accompanied on this version, by brilliant golden-yellow foliage. The emergence of this plant in spring is truly a sight to behold.

It was developed by fellow-Canadians Nori and Sandra Pope while they were looking after the gardens at Hadspen House in Somerset, England. It has good vigour and simply wonderful colour.

Here it is brightening up the shady front of a Blue Spruce:

If you have not yet, please try it this year -- you will be pleasantly surprised.

Here's to dirt under your nails.


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