Ideas for planting a new front garden raised bed
Looking for recommendations for a 'small' tree to plant in a new raised bed. This is on the road edge of the property so quite exposed to everything and is on a busy main road. The bed itself is brick and will be about 50cm deep above ground - the back of the bed is the garden wall and stands higher (if you see what I mean?)
Classifying a tree as 'small' seems to mean up to 30' fully grown? Anyway I've looked at a magnolia but they seem to be too spreading to be accomodated in the position I have AND Acer 'Brilliantissimum' but that suggests a sheltered position is best. So thwarted again.
I'd like something with a special season of interest which isn't too wide and probably no more than 20' fully grown. Any ideas anyone?
I have walked along looking at the successes in other gardens nearby but they seem to be mainly hydrangeas!
The bed itself has yet to be filled and once weve broken up the base of sand and limestone that was once a block paved drive I intend to backfill with a short gravel layer and top soil but any recommendations for this also gratefully recieved.