Where There’s Smoke . . .

Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria) | A Garden for All by Kathy Diemer

Smoke Bush is rich in color (Photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

. . . there’s fire, and if you’re looking for a plant to ignite your garden setting this year, Cotinus coggygria may be just the plant you’ve been searching for.  Cultivated in Britain since 1656, and formerly known as Rhus cotinus, Cotinus coggygria is a blazing shrub that flaunts itself from early June to frost in my northern garden.  Also known as the smoke bush because of the frothy sprays of ashy grey flowers it bears each summer, I grow the showier Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’.  And, I don’t grow it for the flowers . . . I grow it for the outrageously showy, rich maroon-purple foliage that provides a dependably stunning display in my gardens every year. [Read more…]

Purple Passion

Dating back to the Roman emperors, the color purple has long been considered the shade most associated with royalty and nobility, as well as symbolizing magic, mystery, passion and romance.  The combination of fiery red and serene blue; a culmination of warmest and coolest shades blended together, is said to emote feelings of peace and is often used in meditation practices.  So why not incorporate more of it in the garden?  And not just in flower form, instead using long lasting deciduous shrubs to add charm and charisma throughout the landscape.  Here are a few of my favorites: [Read more…]

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