Dicentra or Bleeding heart is a very old fashioned garden staple. Bets grown in part or full shade these perennials may go summer dormant once temperature heats up, but they are a long lived perennial that will return year after year with little maintenance.
Dicentra spectabilis is the traditional bleeding heart with its large puffy heart shaped flowers with white tips. Grows 30-36" high and wide and blooms late spring. May go summer dormant.
Dicentra spec. 'Alba' is the same as the pink but with white flowers.
Dicentra 'Gold Heart' had golden yellow foliage with a pink and white bloom.
Dicentra exima is also known as Fringed Bleeding heart due to it finely serrated leaves. These plants will rebloom throughout the summer with clusters of small rose pink buds that open to pale pink hearts. This variety is a US native
Dicentra King of Hearts is the smallest growing only to 10" but with more sun tolerance than most other types. Bright pink blooms fade to light pink, nice grey-blue foliage all season.
Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc