Friday, June 1, 2007

Weigela, Viburnum, and Cotinus

The first of June and temperatures in the high 80's find color popping everywhere.

Weigela florida 'Java Red' (left) and Weigela florida 'variegata' (right) have already blossomed while the common weigela still hangs on.

A favorite combination now in full bloom is the red Rhododendron, Viburnum, Juniper, and Cotinus.

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ and its spectacularly clustered white flowers gracefully adorn the top of the horizontal branching. Having started several of these and planted them around the garden, one was placed on the hillside just below our front courtyard so as to provide a top down view.

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ is a favorite due to its rich dark purple-red foliage. As this multi-stemmed small tree matures, the flowers appear as clusters of airy "smoke".