Posted: 23/09/2013 at 08:32
Morning Supernoodle. It depends on variety with echinaceas. ,I love em amd grow many varieties. Best to protect.
Small shrubs? Pittosporum Tom Thumb is a shiny black purple shrub and is evergreen. V nice foliage comfrast. Santolina is a silver aromatic mound.
Did you test your soil....? PH? If acid dwarf Rhodos, azaleas, dwarf pieris, etc will fit the bill.
Dwarf evergreen hebes come in many foliage colours. But loads of small shrubs
What about herbaceous perennials like aster frikartii monch? This grows to about 3' in full flower and flowers for weeks amd weeks. Lavendar blue...superb next to silver plants like artemisia Powys castle (this is Evergreen, silver dome and very tactile). Some nice compact perennials would add excitement to a small shrub planting.
Yep, an exciting project Supernoodle but jot down a sketch with possible plants first