Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:56
Have you considered holly? It can be quite happy growing amongst other trees and there are lots of different leaf colours including variegated, so it needn't be like a solid block of green, and you can control it's size by judicious clipping (with the bonus of free Christmas decorations).
If you plant female types you'll get berries (if there's a male around to pollinate them, and there usually is, or you can plant one). Good for wildlife too, as bees love the flowers in the summer, birds love the berries in the winter, and blackbirds love to nest in a holly bush
If you prepare the ground and look after it, holly grows more quickly than most people think, so it should get to a decent size in a reasonable period.
And of course, something prickly can be a help security-wise - although not all holly varieties are very prickly.
Last edited: 19 February 2017 11:57:22