Recommend me a small tree/shrub
in the front garden of our house, we have a rather big rose shrub that I honestly don't like a lot (it was planted by the previous owner). It is roughly 3/3.5m away from the house, and 1m away from a retaining wall (our front garden is elevated).
I want to replace it with a medium/large shrub or a small tree. I am having a hard time deciding.. any ideas are welcome
Ideally it should have all-season interest (ok if they are deciduous though), and not end up too big. A big big plus would be it it grows fast, for this particular place I don't want to plant a tiny plant now and wait 10 years until I get a decent size.
Some varieties of cherry blossom trees seem to fit the requirements but I am not sure how fast they grow..
Any large shrubs to recommend?
Final point to add, soil is slightly alkaline so acers are out of the question.