Favorites from the Lot Garden: The Smoke Tree or Cotinus Coggygria

April 28, 2010

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.

Making beautiful statements with living things