Fiery Combo for Full Sun Garden

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.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8

Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Mediterranean, Northwest Eclectic, Waterwise, Wildlife Friendly
Features: Attracts Pollinator, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fabulous Foliage, Flower Fest, Harmonious Colors, Hot Vibrant Colors, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Warm Colors, Wildlife Friendly
Focus: Color Theme, Cutting Garden, Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Saving Water
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Spring, Summer, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading

Plants In this Combo