Name: Cotinus x ‘Grace’ aka Grace smoke bush
Type of Plant: A large shrub that has colorful foliage and delicate “smoke-like” flowers.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love this smoke bush because the leaves are colorful all season, and when it’s in flower it’s even more attractive. This shrub grows quickly and is perfect in full to part sun.
A Word to the Wise: Because this plant grows quickly you might want to prune it down hard in the spring and then clip off tall shoots in later summer, cutting the stems in half so that it stays full instead of lean and lanky.