Bleeding hearts, or Dicentra, are a perennial garden favorite and perfect for a shade garden. Bleeding hearts make great cut flowers and greenery, and add drama and movement to a spring bouquet. They appear in late spring, and not long after the bulbs have begun to bloom, this plant will develop long stems dripping with whimsical and romantic, heart-shaped flowers. Native to Japan, and a member of the poppy family, these herbaceous perennials will bloom from April to May. They provide shade garden greenery for the early part of summer, before eventually dying back completely and going dormant for the rest of the year. Bleeding hearts prefer slightly acidic, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Plant the bare root in early spring for late spring color. Because they die back completely by late summer, I have mine in a hosta bed where the hostas can take over and fill in the gap left by the dormant plant later in the year.