|Dicentra spectabilis growing through Chaemerops humilis|
Often thought of as a bone hardy cottage garden perennial, the Dicentra fits in well in my more exotic garden theme, emerging early and flowering in mid to late spring before declining and retreating below ground soon after midsummer. Just in time for slower developers to take over the space. In my case this means Anemone japonica 'Honorine Jobert' and the half hardy (hardy with me but cheap to buy and replace every year if needed) acidanthera, Gladiolus callianthus. This year I've added my overwintered banana, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii' to the mix. The effect should be interesting.
The Dicentra certainly adds a touch of brightness and distinction to the spring scene. So much so that it always seems to feature in flower photos submitted to photography websites. With this in mind here's the conventional shot that invariably gets submitted.
|Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'|