Having things purple in the garden adds wonderful touches to my color palate. Japanese maples, ‘Forest Pansy’ redbud, ninebark, heuchera ‘Beaujolais,’ and several different cultivars of purple barberries perk up many corners of the garden. They add delightful contrast to the green and chartreuse.
Smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria) is one of my favorite purple plants and is at its beautiful best at this time of spring. I prefer to keep it short and compact; I grow it because of its foliage.