need some plant suggestions please

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  1. Dips

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    I need to create a plant portfolio for my course and I am struggling to think of Trees suitable for a small or medium garden and structural shrubs (they mean shrubs which are predominantly evergreen and will form the backbone of the garden)

    So i have an acer for one of the trees and i was possible thinking a dwarf fruit tree as well but then i need 3 more

    then for structural shrubs I have a camellia and a rhodedendron but i would again need three more

    do you think a hebe would count?

    anyway im really stuck and really struggling to think and would appreciate any suggestions as i need to draw them

    luckily im on top of the five bulbs and ten perennials, Im not short of ideas for them at all

    thank you guys
     
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    • Dips

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      I have prunus kojo no mai as well but the other day i was googling and it apparently doesn't count as a tree and is actually a shrub so i ruled it out :noidea:

      that was going to be my other small tree choice tho
       
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      For small tree ... how about Crab Apple?
      Or, amelanchier lamarckii (which can also be grown as a shrub, so maybe if it doesn't fit into one category it could squidge into the other?). It has gorgeous star shaped flowers in Spring, small dark fruits in Summer and fabulous orange/yellow/red coloured leaves in Autumn.
      Would conifers be included? I have a Thuja Occidentalis "Yellow Ribbon".

      Shrubs: how about pittosporum (I have wyndham gold); or, Harry Lauders Walking Stick (not evergreen put a lovely twisted stem aka Corylus avellana 'Contorta').
      Hebe may count, but, there are so many varieties I think you may need to choose a particular one? :noidea:

      Good luck, Dips - I'm sure you'll nail it :dbgrtmb:
       
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        Thank you M and yeh i would have to choose one hebe but thats easy there are loads with full info in the RHS

        Im off to google your suggestions :-)
         
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          Mountain ash is a small tree. Has interest with berries on it too.
           
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            I have a Rhus (Stag's Horn Sumach), which you really have to keep an eye on because it sends out suckers over a wide distance BUT it gives wonderful structure as the branches are really interesting when bare in winter and covered in "velvet" (hence the name) and the leaves are almost like palm fronds in summer then candle shaped flowers in August are red and the leaves turn to a wonderful red/flame in the autumn. The branches are very easy to prune, I cut away a few from the bottom every year and this keeps the tree very open. Children love to play on it and mine is almost dome shaped, as wide as it is high. Branches will grow horizontal from very low down as well as vertical. Don't know whether I have a photo but will see if I can upload one if you want.
             
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              Arbutus unedo rubra.....every time:) And Sorbus hupehensis.
              Ceanothus, Cistus, Rhamnus alaternus...
               
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                Thank you everyone i will be googling tomorrow

                Hopefully i can get all the info off the rhs on each one so i can get my plant files done fairly quickly

                And @westwales I will google first im quite good at finding stuff online but will let you know if i need a pic. Thank you for offering tho :-)
                 
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                acers, cornus kousa...?
                 
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                  Corylus contorta.They look great right now with their catkins on display right now. Would look cool with a lv light under them at night.
                   
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                    Lol funny you should say that look what i have literally just finished drawing

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                    Was inspired by my mums today

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