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Dicentria spectablis


By Mookins

Norfolk, United Kingdom Gb

Im reading that you let these die back into the gound once they finish flowering, so just how close can you plant near them? I dont want to plant to close and have it smothered, but want to be able to plant close enough to hide the gap, also whilst Im rambling is there anything that SHOULDNT be planted near it?

thank you

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It is a problem with Dicentra - takes up quite a lot of space, and then leaves a big gap by July. I used to shove in one or two nasturtium seeds (Alaska Mix or Empress of India, they're small growers) pretty close, during May - by the time they germinated and grew properly, there was enough space because the Dicentra had disappeared. And I don't know of anything that shouldn't be planted near it, except to state the obvious - you need something else that isn't present till at least June!

22 Jun, 2009


I have a Fuchsia magellanica planted next to mine. I cut it down to 6 inches every winter. By the time it has grown up and started to flower again the Dicentra is asleep. Any late flowering perennial would be good, but it must be one that you can cut down in winter to let the Dicentra grow in light.

22 Jun, 2009


or do my thing of a plant in the pot? or any summer flowering bulbs/tubers/corms that can be planted to the side of the growing dicentra. gladioli, galtonia, nerines. dahlias. [dahlias are on the site of a large clup of tulips.]

22 Jun, 2009

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