Plant suggestions please
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I recently posted about beds on our patio that I couldn't decide what to do with. We have a short term solution using divisions of plants we already own. Long term we've decided we'd like evergreen shrubs to give the patio a feeling of privacy and seclusion but we also like the idea of having white flowers as we often use the patio in the evening. The beds are in full sun, 10ft x 4ft and we would ideally like shrubs that grow up to about 6-7ft, or would be happy to be kept pruned to that height. White flowers and fragrance would be a bonus. I was thinking choisya, and possibly osmanthus x burkwoodii? What do you think? If we went with that idea, do you think there would be enough room in the beds for me to add roses, smaller perennials and/or annuals like nicotiana alba in between or in front of the shrubs?
You could go for taller small multi-stem trees that will sail above the other plants to give more height - an amelanchier or viburnum 'Kilimajaro' to give you the sense of being enclosed without being walled in.
The osmanthus will be quite big for those beds. Maybe think of smaller shrubs like hebe for some leaf colour variety or a pale abelia like 'confetti', maybe or Convolvulus cneorum. There's a dwarf Choisya 'Royal Lace'.
For under-planting, night scented stocks or phlox, white oriental poppies, green and white tulips, echinacea 'baby white swan', anenome 'Honorine Jobert' or Isolepis cernua to fill in the gaps.
ETA - sorry, brain went mush there - I meant Festuca glauca not Isolepis cernua. Dunno what I was thinking (embarrassed emoji)