Inspiration & advice needed!
I moved into a new build just over a year ago and am trying to change my garden from an empty box into a colourful cottage garden style haven for birds, butterflies and bees, whilst also creating some privacy between ourselves and the neighbours.
I have recently planted lots of different types of flowering climbers along the back fence (hydrangea, roses, honeysuckle, clematis) but now want to add to life and greenery to one particular sunny corner (i say sunny, but I live near Edinburgh so it is likely to be sunny and frozen for more than a few weeks of the year).
As the garden isn't very large, and I don't want to block out the sun or annoy the neighbours, I thought that a small flowering tree such as a lilac would be ideal for this corner. However, I am very new to gardening (but already LOVE it!) and I really am only thinking of a lilac because my parents have one, and I dont know of any other similar size trees or shrubs. I dont want it to take up too much space at ground level, hence why I was thinking tree rather than shrub (such as rodedndron). Is a buddleja a good alternative?
Any advice or inspiration would be very gratefully received!
Thankyou in advance,
PS. Our soil is clay (I could make a pot out of it!).