My borders are empty apart from 4 trees, each about 10' or 12' high - a conifer and a lilac side by side on the left hand side, a prunus and an apple tree about 12' apart on the right hand side. But I need to put some shrubs and climbers in front of the fence at the end of the garden to create a backdrop for the perennial planting in front. It would also be nice to have a small tree as a focal point in the middle - something with Spring blossom and good autumn leaf colour. The fence is 6' and about to be painted in CGS 'Willow'. The neighbour at the back has a regularly trimmed conifer hedge that runs all along the boundary and rises about 2'6"above my fence, so I need to be careful that whatever I plant doesn't get trimmed in August along with the hedge! The fence faces north east, getting the morning sun until about 11am at this time of year.
Looking forward to your thoughts and suggestions - thank you!