Finding suitable shrubs
In the last few years we have completed the structure design of the garden but then stopped due to completing the house renovations. We put in trees, roses and spring bulbs as I knew what I wanted and where. Other plants were given by family to try out. I have enjoyed the grasses but a lot isn’t what I would like long term.
I’ve started to read up about planning borders and it says to put in the trees and shrubs first. I’ve done my trees (not in this bed) but I have no idea what shrubs to go for. When I look at the plant lists many shrubs are huge and they would take up the whole border!
I’m hoping I’ve started with the hardest border as it’s a bit of a disappointment to find this all so hard. I’m thinking due to the shape and narrowness is why I am having difficulties. Yet it is a bed I look at daily from my kitchen window so I want to make it right. Or maybe it’s because I don’t actually like shrubs? The only reason I’m thinking I should include them is if they are evergreen so the garden doesn’t look so sad in winter.
Do I need shrubs in every bed? What shrubs are good to give the structure the books say I need? Which shrubs grow small? As I must have room for my grasses and perennials as the look I am going for is cottage flowery fullness!