Posted: 23/05/2013 at 20:43
All that is true,and definitely forget the acer.
In what's left of the light I'm looking out at Rosa glauca. The leaves are blue/grey with a hint of red round the edges, more if the sun ever comes out. Gives an overall reddish colour to the bush. Has small pink flowers and hips later. Puts up with anything, doesn't get diseases, can be cut to fit. Never sulks.