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Are the buds in a loose spike at the top of the plant and what colour does it look as though the flowers will be? Has it appeared by itself or are you new to the garden?
I meant New Horizon
There has been an article in the Guardian within the last two weeks comparing various composts: a bit of a search online might find it. My favourite, Horizon peat-free multipurpose, came out well.
Small spaces can be quite difficult because it can look as though you haven't done anything at all, but you've taken the bull by the horns and done exactly the right thing by making a bold statement. People can like it or not (I do) but at least they'll talk about it. Well done!
Precise plant choices may depend on the aspect and altitude of the garden and possibly where you are in the country. Inland Somerset will be very different from exposed coastal Lancashire.
Does it have to be all shrubs?
My light green hostas among purple heucheras in a semi-shaded corner look great at the moment.
Geraniums seem to divide people - I love the smell of all of them.
Acid or alkaline soil?
I would not suggest hiring a stump grinder unless you are really comfortable with other heavy-duty power tools like big chainsaws. There's nothing worse than learning how to use a dangerous and tiring tool on a one-off job. Hire someone to do it for you!