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Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 134

1. ‘Gold Heart’ Bleeding Heart

Name: Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’

USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9

Size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Conditions: Morning sun to full shade; rich, moist soil

In early spring, the new foliage of ‘Gold Heart’ bursts through the cold, dark soil, glowing like sunlight. It holds that color for most of the season. Flower buds appear in April and bloom the same color as regular bleeding hearts, with the deep pink of the flowers echoed in the pinkish stems.


2. ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ Ligularia

Name: Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Morning sun to light shade; rich, moisture-retentive soil

This plant is all female—buxomy and curvy in a dark chocolate–colored satin gown. The dark, glossy foliage of ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ is the perfect companion for dramatic color combinations in the garden. Want shocking contrast? Pair it with bright chartreuse. Want soothing contrast? Pair it…

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