I have a small, south-facing front garden in the north-east of England that I’d like to make a little bit more private by planting a few small trees/shrubs around the perimeter.
One of the prospective locations is shown in the photos below. I recently removed a huge lavender bush and have replaced it with 3 small lavender plants which I intend to keep under control by pruning them. Behind the lavender plants I’d like to plant a tree or shrub. Ideally this needs to be:
- Fast growing;
- Not grow too big (max 2 metres?) or be too difficult to control;
- Not send out roots for more than about 2 metres (to prevent damage to my house/the neighbour’s house);
- Be tolerant of full sunlight – the garden is something of a sun-trap;
- Be tolerant of cold weather and strong winds – this is northern England!
I was thinking about something like a red acer, but have no idea if that would meet all the above requirements……..