Posted: 21/09/2016 at 11:10
Snowy, does it drain well there?
You need to be careful of creating a row of evergreens....a hedge really....that are similar in shape and even colour
clearly you like your fuschia so that must go in...not an evergreen of course. You also want hydrangea......if the soil is reasonably moist that will be fine. If not it will struggle and look awful.
Your miniature conifer would look good in a container but will be swamped in your new border. In a rock garden or scree it is fine but awful amongst perennials.
Have you done a PH soil test? cheap and available in GC's and will tell you if you have an acid or alkaline soil. Very, very important.
A camellia would look good there if your soil is not too allaline. Flowers from late winter to spring.
if soil drains well consider lavender. No garden should be without a lavendar or two....visually stunning and wonderful smell. Scent from something though....daphne, sarcoccoca ( a small evergreen that packs a mighty punch in early spring) or witch hazel..??
Not too happy about googling everything....better to see what grows well locally. You can google when you want more info on something you know you like. Have a friend who googles everything and has to have them all despite not really knowing what they are.
The reason for annuals now is to fill the gaps whilst permanent stuff is small. Yes, you can prune shrubs but you need to be aware of the sizes they want to be. Most look awful when constantly cut back to fill spaces. You can get dwarf varieties of shrubs and perennials now almost identical to the bug guys but just smaller for modern gardens
take your time. See how plants might look together colour wise, shape and size