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 the front garden (highlights from lower left): ‘Sun Power’ hosta, Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), ‘Heartthrob’ hibiscus, orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida), ‘Isla Gold’ tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), ‘Royal Purple’ smokebush (Cotinus coggygria), and ‘Red Majestic’ contorted hazel (Corylus avellana)
Why it works: The curved edge of the bed softens the 90-degree angle of the corner and creates more visual interest. Hint: Unless you have a formal, geometric garden, incorporate curves as much as you can in your landscape design. They're typically much more pleasing to the eye than straight lines. A series of easy, colorful plants including mums, pansies, spiraea, and purple smokebush makes this border a knockout.