Bleeding heart is a perennial flower that can add a splash of color to your garden or landscaped bed. The flowers get their name from their appearance–the small pink or white blossoms are heart-shaped and appear to be "bleeding" from the bottom. Bleeding heart can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. They need to be planted in well-drained soil and require full or partial shade. Most bleeding heart plants will not tolerate full sun unless it is a very moist environment.
Bleeding heart bulbs are normally planted in spring, but in cold climates where the temperature drops to near or below 0 degrees in the winter, they also can be planted in the fall. Plant the bulbs about six to eight weeks before the first hard frost so they have a chance to take root.
Water your bleeding hearts regularly if you are not receiving rain regularly. A thorough and deep watering once a week is better than more frequent, but less thorough, watering.