Posted: 17/06/2013 at 11:33
Hi, yes cottinus would be good - needs hard pruning to give of its best copper leaves and smoke. Physocarpus 'diabolo' is good too, more upright than cottinus, with little pink flowers.
Can you move your sambuccus? It is such a beauty when out of the wind, but it certainly does get severe wind burn. I grow mine in a pot and it is very good, though of course it will never get to the larger size I might have liked, but my garden is also a wind tunnel in places, so that was the only realistic option, so I could move it around until it was happy. Where it is happy I cannot put it in the ground, about right huh?