I recently bought a property, a small holding in central Portugal which has been neglected for many years, I am getting things up and running but one thing has been bugging me all summer. I want something special and showy at the front of the property to welcome me when I come home.
The problem is the area is in front of a wall so it is shaded for most of the day, until about 2pm, it then gets a full blast of sun and heat, maybe for about 3/4 hours. Wild cherry and peach were growing there, which have now been taken out.
I am looking for either a small tree or climber (I can make a trellis) that is a summer bloomer, something that will have flowers all summer, but will grow fast and flower in a lot of shade. It also needs to be frost hardy as in the winter that area is a little frost pocket for most of the day (it gets down to about -5 degrees but could go as low as -10 if it is very cold)
Ideally it would be evergreen, so it looks attractive in the winter, I really am looking for a show stopper tree, something with all or late summer bloom
The site rules out must choices for example Murtlye, the closest thing I can think of it honey suckle, or trump vine, but ideally I would want something ever green.
I am traditionally a vegetable gardener, so decorative plants are all very new to me,
any advice would be greatly welcomed