'Plum Passion' Hydrangea Modern-day plant explorer Dan Hinkley discovered 'Plum Passion' hydrangea on one of his many trips to China. This truly remarkable hydrangea is prized for its beautiful foliage, which is dark purple on the top side of the leaves and rosy-purple on the underside. In fact, it's one of the only purple-leaf hydrangeas we know of. 'Purple Passion' develops medium-size rosy-purple flowers, but the foliage is the real reason to grow this new variety
some think the Katsura tree smells like caramel or cotton candy when it loses it's leaves in the fall. Besides being wonderful to smell in the fall, the Katsura sports a lovely blend of orange-, raspberry- and apricot-coloured leaves. In the spring Katsura has reddish-purple new growth, in summer it sports heart-shaped blue-green leaves and in winter the gray, slightly exfoliating bark lends interest.
• Name: Purple smoke bushes (Cotinus coggygria cvs.) • Zones: 5 to 9 • Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average soil • Seasonal bonus: The new foliage glows as it emerges and ripens into a deep burgundy.