Dicentra scandens

Here's a perennial climber to grow from seed and the marvellous thing about this one, is it thrives in shade. More
10 seeds 070068 £2.75 In stock
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Whether it’s clematis, honeysuckle, or annual cobaea, thunbergia and rhodochiton, I’m obsessed by climbers and the height and abundance they add to a garden.

Here’s a perennial climber to grow from seed and the marvellous thing about this one, is it thrives in shade, with delicate, teardrop flowers all summer long.

Genus Dicentra
Group/Species scandens
Type Deciduous Climber, Hardy Climber, Hardy Perennial Climber
Common Name Bleeding Heart
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 3m (10ft)
Spacing 1m (3ft 3in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Best sown direct outdoors in autumn to overwinter and germinate the following spring, as it requires a period of cold. Dicentra thrives in a partially shaded, sheltered spot with humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil, so add plenty of organic matter such as garden compost or leaf mould before planting.
Care Tips Provide support such as a trellis or wires attached to a fence or wall, for the tendrils to cling to as it grows. It will also scramble to cover a shed or pergola. Like a summer-flowering clematis, cut back to 15cm above ground level after flowers fade as it can start to look messy. This should also encourage new growth and will often produce a smaller crop of flowers in late summer or autumn. Keep well-watered during dry spells, especially if planted in a sunny position. Dislikes root disturbance once established. Caution: Contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies.
Flowering May - August
Harvesting Flower production: 3-4 months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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