One of the very first plants I put in my front garden.. now more than six years in residence we both have put down our roots and grown in this relentless London clay soil. Still both myself and the Dicentra are doing well despite the battles against the nature of claggy clay and I continue to labour with love and add, add, add as much organic and drainage enhancing materials as I can to this area of the garden. Despite the soil’s weight with retained water in this part of the garden, this Dicentra continues to reappear year after year in all her undemanding beauty. So obliging, especially as this plant would really prefer a more free draining environment, well I guess one doesn’t miss what they have never had.. yay for adaptation!

Botanical name: Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’
Other names: White bleeding heart
Genus: Dicentra
Variety or cultivar: ‘Alba’ _ ‘Alba’ is a perennial with divided, light green foliage and arching sprays of pure white, heart-shaped flowers.
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ is: Deciduous
Flower: Cream, White in Spring; Cream, White in Summer
Foliage: Bright-green, Green in Summer
Habit: Arching, Branching, Bushy, Spreading
Toxicity: Careful: All parts cause severe discomfort if eaten
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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