Newhouse and new to gardening, plant type and general advice please!
I am new to garndening but am currently loving getting stuck in and getting my hands dirty as I have only just bought my first house and I would like some help with a couple of plant questions please. We have basically levelled the garden but kept the greenhouse and are looking for nice plants bushes and trees to liven the garden up, to give you an idea of what I like I am growing a red and an orange acer tree and a chocolate plant, but they are too small at the moment.
We have left one tree planted in the garden and this is it but I don't know what it is:
I would really love to know what it is please, and want to keep it but the main large part of the tree is completely dead and really needs digging up, so I want to cut these new lovely bits off and grow from them, can I have some advice how to do this please??
Also I took a picture of a plant/bush that I love which is on my daily dog walk, after doing some internet research I believe it is a smoke Tree / Royal Purple, is this correct please? If so I will nip out and buy one.
If anyone would like to recommend some gorgeous trees to plant that will brighten up my garden but not need too much looking after and pruning that would be great, I would prefer all year round colour but that is not essential.
Many Thanks in advance