Looking for plant suggestions

Hi, I am looking for suggestions for a shrub that I can grow against a south facing fence. The garden is quite small, but I have a number if shrubs down the length and am looking to fill a gap between two ceanothus plants. I am looking for something that will grow to a height of about 8', preferably native and attract wildlife. Any suggestions.


  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...you might like this one, it's Sambucus plumosa Aurea, a form of Elder.  I think the leaf colour would contrast with your blue flowering Ceanothus, and this plant will grow just about anywhere... Red berries too... and fine foliage.  Deciduous...



  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,215

    Or Pysocarpus Diablo. The purple leaves would look beautiful with the Blue flowers of the Ceanothus.

    I've seen the needle and the damage done
    A little part of it in everyone
  • yes even brown looks good i saw some of it and it looks good..

  • Some interesting suggestions here, none of which I had thought of so thank you. And keep the suggestions coming.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,215

    Hi Verdun. I do like the Physocarpus but I think I prefer the colour of Sambucus or the dark leaved Hazels.

    I've seen the needle and the damage done
    A little part of it in everyone
  • FloydFloyd Posts: 11

    Buddleia will attract butterflies and will get to 8'.

    Gooseberry can also get to 8' and will attract birds and give you a pie.

  • HelcattHelcatt Posts: 16
    Salino's suggestion of Sambucus (Elder) gets my vote! I love the scent and making Elderflower cordial in May. You can use the berries to make things too. I've planted the purple type with the pink flowers so we can make Pink Elderflower Champagne! The flowers are amazing in strawberry jam too!
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