Flowers that Dangle Like Jewels

Flowers with some flair to their shape or arrangement make the garden more interesting with their diversity. The Polygonatum commutatum (giant solomon’s seal) and Lamprocampnos spectabilis ‘Alba’ (which used to be Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’, white bleeding heart) are displaying their flowers like strands of jewels. The blooms on these perennials dangle from horizontal stems in a row. Both of these perennials tolerate a high amount of shade, and don’t mind life under the trees.

Polygonatum commutatum dangling flowers
Polygonatum commutatum dangling flowers

The Polygonatum commutatum (giant solomon’s seal) suspends its charms from arching stems, like a necklace. They are shaped like narrow bells, with the bottoms flaring out in a small ruffle. The cream coloured flower has a small green band on the lower edge. The blooms of this perennial are very appealing with their simple bell shapes all strung out along the stem. Sometimes two or three charms hang together from one junction. The solomon’s seal flowers bloom for about 4 weeks.

Polygonatum commutatum and Hosta
Polygonatum commutatum and Hosta

Above is a picture of Polygonatum commutatum flowers with a Hosta ‘Francee’ leaf on the left. Both plants have a similar green and cream colour scheme. The Hosta leaf has a narrow creamy white band around the edges, while the cream coloured Solomon’s seal flowers have a green band, and faint green lines through them. The little jewels decorate some of the shadiest area of my garden, adding lightness to the deeper shade. There are more pictures of  Solomon’s seal in this previous post.

Lamprocampnos spectabilis 'Alba' flowers
Lamprocampnos spectabilis 'Alba' flowers

The Lamprocampnos spectabilis ‘Alba (bleeding heart) pretty white hearts drape like pendants from horizontal stems. Your eye naturally follows the the long line of dangling hearts to the end of each stem, leading to the next plant. My bleeding hearts have white Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley) flowers under them, as you can see in the above photo.

Lamprocampnos spectabilis 'Alba' flowers with tulipa
Lamprocampnos spectabilis 'Alba' flowers with tulipa

These white bleeding hearts are planted next to some pink tulips. The Foxtrot tulips have been flowering for over a month, and are coming to an end. However, the bleeding hearts will be blooming for a while. Their flowers usually last for about 5 weeks. There are more photos of white bleeding hearts in this previous post.

The perennials that are embellished with hanging flowers add interest to the garden. They encourage your eye to travel horizontally, as you follow the strong lines of flowers, and on to the next plant. Their unique arrangements decorate the garden with garlands of beauty.

Convallatia majalis sneaked into the collage on the upper left, Lamprocampnos spectabilis is on the upper right, and below left is Polygonatum commutatum.

dangling flowers
dangling flowers

16 thoughts on “Flowers that Dangle Like Jewels”

  1. Hi,
    This was a fun post, with beautiful photos. I have a white bleeding heart that is finished blooming, as well as the lily of the valley. I love Solomon’s seal, and may even have some. When I was pulling weeds in the bed on the east side of the house, there were some plants that look like it. I cleared some room for them, and hope they bloom soon so I can tell if that’s what they are.

    1. Corner Garden Sue, it would be fortunate if you discovered some in your garden. They add a nice structure to the garden with their arching stems. There is also a lovely wildflower called false solomon’s seal that has somewhat similar leaves, and a fuzzy flower on the end of the stem. If it ends up with a flower on the end, it might be that one. Thanks for the information on the blue plants. They made a nice airy arrangement.

      The Garden Ms. S, I really like white flowers against green foliage, too, because they make a serene garden bed. Perhaps your bleeding heart will settle in, and send out more flowers next year. They can be long lived, so you have lots of time to make it up to it. :)

  2. Very pretty! I am realizing that white is my absolute favourite colour for flowers. I really like your idea of them garlanding the garden and the collage with the crystals. They are the jewels of the garden, aren’t they. My white bleeding heart has sent up a lone shoot. I wonder if it is upset that it was moved so many times last year. (I do feel so guilty!) :)

  3. Absolutely beautiful! They are all little jewels. I have fallen in love with Solomon Seal this year. I almost bought a large plant at a plant sale for cheap, but second guessed myself. I shouldn’t have. Beautiful pictures as usual!

    1. Laura, the solomon’s seal is a nicely shaped plant with its curves, and the flowers always draw my attention.

      Aud på Dal, the pink Tulipa ‘Foxtrot’ have bloomed for a very long time, so they managed to overlap the bleeding hearts. With the extended flowering time, they’ve managed to make some some nice combinations at the beginning and end.

      Diane, I’ve been pleased with how those pink tulips have set off the other plants this year. The bleeding heart on that side of the garden was new last fall, and is as large as the others now.

  4. What a wonderful collection of photos (the one with the white bleeding hearts and the pink-something in the background is breathtaking.

    I love the imagry of jewels. Lovely post.

  5. Your title caught my eye – just did an article on flowers that float for the hort society. Holy smokes, I didn’t realize they’d changed the botanical name of Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ – may have to revert to my husband Kevin’s name of Socks on the Line. Thank goodness for these blogs to keep us all up-to-date! Very sweet photos – like the socks with the pink tulips – so very pretty.

    1. Barbarapc, although I understand that reclassifying plants is an attempt to better understand their relationships, I wish the scientific names didn’t change. One of the advantages of using the botanical names is that it is more universal, and less likely to cause confusion, but not if the names change. Those pink tulips got very good mileage this year.

  6. You’re right, they do dangle like jewels. When I saw your post title I immediately thought of your fuschia. These are all so beautiful, and the pink tulips make a lovely backdrop. I like the addition in your last collage, very whimsical. :)

    1. Rebecca, an exclamation mark went on over my head when I read your idea for fuschia. I should have included them in the post. The fuschia plants have tons of dangling blooms now, with elaborate petals.

    1. Crafty Gardener, my bleeding hearts bloomed well the year after I planted them, with lots of dangling white hearts. I’ve found them to be very free flowering, and they don’t need a lot of fuss.

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