SMOKING HOT Striking smoke bush
sets the scene for garden fennel
You will see many shrubs for spring and summer colour and hebes, potentilla, and buddleia for instant autumn flowers and some brilliant Japanese maples (acer) and smoke bush
(cotinus) for bright autumn foliage colour.
My favourite is C Lucifer, a fairly tall variety growing 4ft, which produces brilliant red flowers and looks wonderful alongside the purple-leaved smoke bush
, Cotinus Royal Purple, or against a backdrop of acid-green evergreens.
Lucifer', a fairly tall variety growing to 120cm (4ft), which produces brilliant red flowers and looks wonderful grown alongside the purple-leaved smoke bush
, Cotinus 'Royal Purple', or against a backdrop of acid-green evergreens.
Blazing crocosmias and red hot pokers, burnt orange heleniums and deep yellow rudbeckias will brighten up any border at this time of year partnered with impressive foliage plants such as the smoke bush
(Cotinus) and cordyline.
The blues of viola and larkspur would also suit your colour palette, along with the silver-grey foliage of mugwort (Artemisia Powys Castle) and the reddish purple hues of the smoke bush
The blues of viola and larkspur would also suit your colour palette, along with the silver-grey foliage of mugwort (Artemisia 'Powys Castle') and the reddish purple hues of the smoke bush
The smoke bush
is one of those large shrubs you tend to admire as a mature specimen in other people's gardens.
Those which are more difficult to move include buddleia, berberis, cotoneaster, smoke bush
, ceanothus, winter-flowering jasmine and ribes (flowering currant).
When plants such as barberry, grapevine, ornamental grasses, and smoke bush
are in their full glory, they create a garden's final drama of the year.
Cotinus Golden Spirit This golden leaved form of the smoke bush
looks stunning at this time of year with the leaves turning coral, red and orange before they fall.
So find a spot for amazing plants, such as Amelanchier, Japanese acers, the smoke bush
Cotinus coggygria and stag's horn sumach to create dramatic focal points when the temperature drops.
For the larger garden the smoke bush
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' produces dark wine-purple leaves in summer that turn scarlet in autumn and, if you cut the bush back each spring, you can manage the plant in the smaller garden and get extra large leaves into the bargain.
BEST OF THE BUNCH Cotinus (Smoke bush
) With its clouds of wispy flowerheads, the smoke bush
provides a brilliant stand-alone feature growing to around 3m (10ft).
Use the upright columnar juniperus chinensis Pyramidalis with its prickly glaucous leaves in combination with the purple-leaved smoke bush
cotinus coggygria Royal Purple.