Post # 1
I was hoping to get some advice about growing ferns or hostas near bleeding hearts. We moved into our house last summer and was happily surprised to see so many plants and flowers in the yard, though most of which were unattended and growing rampant in all sorts of places they shouldn’t be.
The bleeding hearts were an exception, they’re beside the deck and I absolutely love them! This year we found a few more bleeding hearts and transplanted them to the area beside the deck since the ones we already had there seemed to like it.
Garden sites always suggest to plant hostas or ferns next to the bleeding hearts since they get ratty in the summer but how close do I plant them? I have an idea how big my bleeding hearts get but I’ve never grown hostas or ferns before.
How close do I plant a hosta next to the bleeding heart to just be enough to cover it yet not crowd it?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Hostas spread. And some varieties get very wide, so do your research. You could even enlist someone in the garden section at Home Depot or go to your locan nursery. My parents have hostas and bleeding hearts in the same planter, and they look absolutely gorgeous together. Personally, I’m not a fan of ferns and they are much more difficult to control in their spreading. I think they might be too much texture and maybe even height with your bleeding hearts.
Post # 4
@Miss Lily: Thanks for your response. I didn’t know they spread! It’s a little hard for me to ask where I’m at, I live in a foreign country and don’t the know the language well enough to converse with the older garden employees (and their English isn’t that great either).
I actually just got back from a garden center and ended up buying 2 kinds of hostas. I’m really looking forward to planting them! I’ll keep in mind how large they can be. But do they get large right away (as in the same season)? The ones I bought look teeny tiny!
Post # 5
My mom loves hostas! She has them everywhere in her back yard. She has to thin them out every few years. The baby ones she gets are huge by the end of the summer. They are super easy plants, but just watch that they dont crowd out the bleeding hearts. Ferns are pretty easy too, but you also have to watch their growth and spreading. We planted some when I was a kid and they went nuts lol.
Post # 6
They won’t spread their first year, but it does seem like they double every spring when they have room to. Go ahead and plant them however you’d like, and just keep pruning them to keep them contained. You can use the starts from them to grow them other places around your yard or to give to neighbors and friends.
Post # 7
missapis and jo.lee Thank you so much! I’ve been watching YouTube vids on hostas and none of them start with the tiny ones – you have both both been such a help!