Posted: 21/01/2015 at 20:19
Check out the panicula hydrangeas. They grow quickly every year and produce wonderful large flowers for a long time. impressive shrubs.
how about some foliage colour? Cotinus royal purple will produce beautiful wine purple foliage all summer long. Dogwoods produce brilliant red stems,throughout winter and if you go for a variety called Aurea you will have a wonderful yellow and purple foliage combination lasting for the growing season. I would also add a miscanthus grass called Variegatus. This is a tall, wind resistant white/green grass that will also mix well with the purple Cotinus.
so, I would play with colour especially foliage colour James. A nice evergreen or two....choisya for scent too for example....and the best holly out there, viz., Golden King.