This shrub or small tree has showy yellow catkins that dangle from the twisting and corkscrew shaped branches in early to mid-spring cheering up the garden after a long winteGardening Smokebush - Cotinus coggygria
In my yard: Cottinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ . considered a tree but I grow it as a shrub, whacking it back to the ground each spring to keep the height lower and make it bush out. easily grows tall in a season. glows purple with the sun behind it.
Incorporate curves as much as you can in your landscape design. They're much more pleasing to the eye than straight lines. Colorful plants mums, pansies, spiraea, and purple smokebush makes this border a knockout. Foliage color and texture can be just as pretty as flowers. In winter, red twig dogwood, a dwarf mugo pine, junipers, and ornamental grass...make a great show!!