Smoke Bush ... Botanical name: Cotinus ‘Grace’ (syn. Cotinus X 'Grace') Common names: 'Grace' smoke tree; 'Grace' smoketree; 'Grace' smoke bush; 'Grace' smokebush USDA zones: 4-9 Water requirement: average; do not overwater Sun requirement: Full sun Mature size: 10-15’ h x 10-15’ spread Tolerances: drought, no significant pest problems, deer, resistant to oak root fungus
Hebe 'Pascal' - The pretty foliage of this compact evergreen, which changes from green to burgundy during the colder months, is reason enough to find a spot in the garden for it, but it also offers summer interest with its spikes of lavender-blue flowers. It makes a good choice for a pot, particularly if winter colour is needed.
Hebe Garden Beauty Purple ('Nold') - First introduced in 2005, this little gem has proven to be a great plant. It is compact but showy, with small rounded leaves (each with a red margin), that are retained throughout the year. From early summer these are practically smothered though with spikes of purple flowers that act as a magnet to beneficial pollinators. Its great for pots or front of border positions.
Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflie...