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Gardening is all new to me and I want to put a small tree in my front garden but am not sure what to buy can anyone give some advice?  The tree must not grow taller than  3/4 metres and must have flowers or colour of some sort.  My garden is west facing so can be windy at times and the soil is quite dry and stoney.  I was thinking of a japanese maple, flowering crab tree (japanese), pea tree (really hard to get hold of I think) or a Hawthorn.  Would these be any good?  Any advice is welcome.

Acers dont like wind and need acid soil so no,no, for your front garden i'm afraid. Will have a think re suitable tree and let you know .

magnolia stellata...

or really any of the hardy manolias-they are extremely water thrifty and stand up to wind and sun

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