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I Love a Good Smoke Tree

August 10, 2014

You may know that Smoke Tree (Cotinus) has wooed me for years  – and the plumes – well, they almost make my knees buckle. But this one was getting too big for its britches and was blocking a sweet view. So I had to do the only noble thing. Snip Snip, Snip, and snip again.

As the stems fell to the ground my almost eyes teary eyes instead began to twinkle.  I had a goldmine. Or at least a fun hour ahead.

What else in the garden ‘needed’ some pruning? I had to find out.

Was this all a grand scheme only to create a floral arrangement or two?

Perhaps,

but it made for one satisfied client (otherwise known as my obliging parents) as the unruly tree had been ruled. Their child (me, yes actually, an adult) was appeased and quite entertained.  And their living room botanically adorned.
That makes for a happy family.

 

 

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