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My question was meant to ask for advice on which tree to plant in my garden. I currently have a small (ish) conifer in the middle of my back garden. As well as getting too big it looks out of place in my semi-coastal (am right on the tidal part of the River Itchen) garden. We have laurel headges and a couple of other bordering hedges around the edges of our garden and it is a multi-level garden. Our neighbours have some small (but tall trees) including hazel and what looks like cherry trees in their garden which are flourishing!
I would be planting the tree on the middle level, below our grass level and above the chicken level, and it would be in the middle of a rockery like section of the garden. It would need to have not very invasive roots as below is a small supporting wall, which is about waist height from the bottom. I'm not overly picky as to what type of foliage or anything like that, just not keen on conifers! Any advice or suggestions would be gratefully received! Second time lucky (hopefully!)
You've lost me on size, I'm afraid. What height (metres or feet) do you want it to reach?
Ideally I don't want it too tall as it would spoil the view of the river, about 5 or 6ft high, like an average size fence panel really. As for spread, it doesn't matter too much, as long as it doesn't totally swamp by garden too much.
Very few trees are that small, and your garden would have to be very small for a 6 foot tree to swamp it. There are lots of shrubs that would fit the bill.
You could grow a magnolia stellata, which is small and technically a tree.
Is more a case of don't want it too spoil the view of the river as we are right on it!
..you might like a little apple tree to fill that spot. If you should consider that, it will be important to obtain one on M9 rootstock [6-8 foot growth max.] and will need to be staked... these are usually obtainable from garden centres or specialist fruit growers.. mail order...
The popular apple 'Spartan' for instance is self fertile and easily available..
'Red Falstaff''... would be another... there are a few to choose from. If other gardens near you have apple trees in them, then your choice is more varied as you wouldn't need to restrict to self fertile options...
Pampas grass would look lovely on a sea/river side property, grows to about six feet and come in white and pink:
You know what they say about people who have Pampas Grass in their front gardens!
WHAT! Do I have to get my coat?
Might explain any odd looks / smiles / winks you get from passers-by while pottering?
My favourite small tree is the Amelanchier (not too sure about spelling) It wont get too big, and is interesting for most of the year.......
Sorbus Wilmornii "Kilmarnock" is a dwarf weeping tree, very well behaved and ornamental.
Have you considered acers??