Favorites from the Lot Garden: The Smoke Tree or Cotinus Coggygria
Why we love it: The plumes of this plant make a sublime and elegant statement- providing incredibly smokey focal pieces in floral arrangements, while the leaves make perfect boutonniere backings.
You may not know: The root and the stem of this magical plant were traditionally cultivated for a vibrant yellow-orange dye.
What makes it ideal for the lot garden: This plant is not only beautiful… but very hardy. It is quite happy in a large pot and made cheerful by a trim now and again. The chartreuse variety stays vibrant and green, providing shade throughout the summer.
Tips for growing your own: Don’t add too much water and be sure there is fast drainage. Watering can be infrequent and direct sun can be minimal.