A Lighthearted Garden: Heart-Shape Plants
Bleeding heart dangles from slim stems. There's little wonder why these delicate heart-shaped flowers are a perennial border shade favorite.
Hosta 'June' has heart-shaped green-gold leaves with blue margins. Hostas are among the showiest and most reliable foliage plants for shady locations.
Dominating the central backyard, the formal garden teems with plants in soft shades of pink, white and blue, plus a two-tiered cement fountain topped with a pair of white lovebirds. A blue spruce and two Alberta spruces add greenery all year round. The flower bed appears soft and romantic, filled with plants in pinks and blues whose names or identities fit the theme such as roses and love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena).
An epimedium plant with leaves that are bronze-pink in spring, green in summer, and copper-colored in fall. Flowers appear in spring on loose spikes of small spurred flowers, like miniature columbines. It makes an excellent ground cover.
Sphagnum moss packs the frame of a wire topiary chair, with caladiums, impatiens and ivy planted in the seat.
Where love grows
Dinah manages to create a place where love grows by controlling the hearts to add spice to a lively, but manageable, outdoor living space. As her collection increases, it's a garden of delight, and proves that home really is where the heart is.