Tuesday, February 26, 2013

DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS - white bleeding hearts


The 'Devil is in the Details' is a repeating theme in my gardens and my blog. A place to highlight the small special touches.

The Ontario cottage is a woodland that I keep very natural looking with mostly native plants I gather from the surrounding area. However there have been a few strategic additions from the local garden centre / vegetable stand.  These two white Bleeding Hearts on 'Periwinkle Hill' are good examples of plants that will look very natural in their setting even though they are not natives.
I placed them both in front of the larger rocks in the garden so that they have a backdrop to show off against and are less likely to get lost in the sea of green. 

In its second year it was still relatively small but healthy.
I chose white not just because I do not like pink but because these share a bloom time with Lily-of-the-Valley and look great together.


I took my cue from seeing Lily-of-the-Valley together with the Bleeding Heart and added some  right beside the Bleeding Heart on one side (above). 
I will have to remember to balance it this coming summer and add more Lily-of-the-Valley to the left side of the Bleeding Heart so it is 'surrounded'.


(Please ignore that pile of leaves to the left of the Lily-of-the-Valley, it was covered with some transplanted moss after this photo was taken, because after all, the devil is in the details.)

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16 comments:

  1. I love this garden because it's so natural looking. I think you're lucky to have those big rocks. I really like rocks in a garden. I also love Bleeding Hearts, but don't have enough shade to grow them. I'm still trying to create shade so maybe eventually I can have more shade plants.

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    1. Christy, I agree about the rocks, they are lovely features and I have debated about about covering them with moss vs. uncovering as much of them as I can. Either way they definitely add to the landscape.

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  2. I love your natural landscaping.

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    1. Thanks you so much for the kind words Karen.

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  3. You have a lovely garden there. The bleeding heart is beautiful and is one of my favorites. Great post!

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging words Eileen!

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  4. Yes, a nice and natural garden indeed. Much nicer than the staged ones.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words Bettyl

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  5. What a lovely garden, filled with nature's varied textures and tones.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind words Lorri. Much appreciated.

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  6. Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #4' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #5...

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    1. Thanks for hosting Madge, it has become quite interesting.

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  7. Your garden on the slope takes me back to our cabin..of course it was just what naturally grew there, but it was beautiful. I am not the gardener you know so I enjoy learning about these plants .. Thank you for linking in Derek. I hope all is well with you.. Michelle

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    1. Thanks Michelle I'm very glad you found the post interesting.

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  8. What a lovely garden. For a simple plant those white Dicentra really make a statement don't they. Won't you be worried that the Lily of the Valley will over take the Dicentra? I have to remove masses each year it grows under a fence from next door. So far has killed of everything I've tried to plant in the vicinity!

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    1. Angie,
      I had not thought of the LOTV taking over the Dicentra, there are a lot of them but they are currently mixed with Periwinkle, which is tough in its own right, and both are doing well. Perhaps you could try some of that with yours?

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