Hi, I'm new to the forum ,and it must be said to gardening, but having recently bought my first house I'm enjoying getting in the garden and sorting it out. Its fairly small and cottage in character, with fences on three sites of the garden with the back of the house the fourth side. West facing, so sunny after lunch right through.
The garden is actually quite well stocked already, there are some established plants in there - winter jasmine, a magnolia tree, the borders are awash with tulips and we've got a purple lilac tree in colour at the moment.
I've been bought a plant from Australia, a Canberra Gem. Its quite spiky in appearance and I remember seeing a few when I was in Queensland last year. They're quite spectacular when in flower, although its not at the moment. I've no idea what to do with it though.
It is about 40cm tall and in a pot at the moment. I assume it can it go outside in the UK? Also, can they be pruned and shaped as they grow into a taller plant without damaging them, or maybe even trained to cover a fence? Or perhaps best left potted in a large pot. Advice is welcome.