Hawthorns - layout suggestions
I'd like to canvas views on what to do with these mature hawthorns. I'm in the process of re-designing and re-planting our garden with a woodland-edge theme. We're lucky to have a number of hawthorns already and they will mostly be remaining. Fear not, I am not about to rip them all out.
However, they are quite dominant and the layout does not look...right, currently for the size of the space. There is a gap between 4 and 5 which interrupts the flow and they are in danger of swamping other areas e.g. the young crab apple tree on the right hand side. I think some re-positioning and limited removal might be necessary.
I've numbered them 1 to 5 in the photos.
How would you tackle these from a design perspective? It's a west facing wall in a fairly small garden. Current options are:
1. Remove 2 or 3, leaving a few trees with equal gaps in between (other plants can infill those gaps)
2. Add another between 4 and 5, though that could look a bit odd to have "hedging" along only 75% of the border
3. Leave them completely alone and work around them
4. leave just one or 2 and let them grow as feature trees (Maybe 2 and 4, or 3/5 only)
What would you do?! I've been trying to make my mind up for a long time....