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.

Smoke tree

Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria)

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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1 Response to Purple

  1. I have got to get me one of those….beautiful purple smoke tree. Love it!


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