Have decided on an Amelanchier for my newly acquired small garden, which I am currently giving a bit of an overhaul - but I am unsure which variety would be best.
Size, look and amount of shade case are all considerations. I want one that will not get too tall or wide, or take up too big a footprint in my precious border space, as it risks overtaking the garden entirely (and overhanging my neighbours garden too much). I also don't want it to cast too much shade.
I am erring towards the looser looking, multi stemmed type, with lower stems kept visible. Although these look like they would take up more space overall, I figured I could underplant with bulbs or drought tolerant ground cover, and the loose network of branches wouldn't case too much shade. The alternative would be the lollipop type, but although it will have a smaller footprint in the border I'm worried the denser canopy would shade out my patio area.
Any thoughts on which type would be best suited to the situation? And which type I would need to choose to get the desired effect (or is it more about how you prune it than what you choose?)
It will be planted in an east facing border approx. 1.2 metres wide, fence behind it, patio area in front. It's towards the end of the garden and adjacent to a slightly "wild" area in my neighbours garden (where they already have several very large shrubs) so I don't think it will cause them any problems if it overhangs the fence a bit.
Any advice appreciated