20 August 2012

perfect pairing: Cotinus coggyria 'Royal Purple' + Crocosmia 'Emberglow'

One of my favorite combinations in the summer garden, purple smokebush and crocosmia.  I love how the red-tinged leaves of the smokebush pick up on the delicate buds of the crocosmia. I copied this combo from my mom's garden but have also seen similar at a nursery display, except with the use of a green Switchgrass in place of the crocosmia.  The smokebush alone might not seem like an extrodinary specimen, but once combined with a striking accent, it completely pops!

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