Not all smokebushes are created equal, as evidenced by the fabulous The Velvet Fog smokebush. Each early summer, it creates dozens of billowy blossoms that mature into those characteristic smoke-like puffs over the following weeks. Their vivid pink color contrasts delightfully with the waxy, blue-green foliage. Another feature that sets The Velvet Fog smokebush apart is its dense, lush habit – it naturally grows as a neat oval. It makes a stunning specimen or unexpected hedge option, and even plays nicely in perennial and flower gardens.
Fun fact: The “smoke” that gives smokebush its name is not actually the flowers – it’s the seed heads. The flowers themselves are actually quite small and not all that showy, but as they age and develop into seeds, they take on that fascinating smoke-like puff.
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Blue-green
Exposure Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Average, Dry, Well-drained
Bloom Time Summer
Uses Borders, Foundations, Low Hedges, Specimen
Features Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Fall interest
Blooms On Old wood
Breeder Tim Wood
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
Soil: Any average, well-drained soil will do.
Water: Average water needs; drought tolerant once established.
Fertilizing: Little needed; one application of a granular (not liquid) rose fertilizer in early spring is sufficient, though you may fertilize monthly from early spring through late July if desired.
Pruning: Generally speaking, you should avoid regular pruning of smokebush. You can prune selectively to develop the desired habit and shape in late winter/early spring; however, avoid cutting the plant back each year. This not only encourages a funky, unruly branching, but because smokebush blooms on old wood, it also removes developing flower buds for later that summer.
Photos and information courtesy of Proven Winners
The Velvet Fog® Smokebush
4" Quart Pot