This plant combination in fiery tones for full sun will hold up to the heat of high summer. An abundance of flowers over a long period will keep it colorful and fun, producing enough blooms to have cut flowers to enjoy in a vase as well as in the garden.
This vignette is especially suited for smaller gardens thanks to the dwarf stature of its anchoring shrub, Winecraft Black® Smokebush. If you’re gardening in a larger space and/or have difficulty finding this recently introduced variety, Cotinus 'Grace' would make a fine substitute, though you’ll want to re-evaluate quantity and spacing to accommodate its larger size.
Though this plant combination includes some all-season structure—a carpet of coppery-color grass and the strictly upright spires of the finely-textured blue conifer—this plant combination peaks summer into fall, so keep that in mind in terms of where you situate it in your garden.
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Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading