advice on tree/shrub choice for shady spot needed ----
hi - the very back of our garden borders a railway station, previous owners had 4-5 meters of garden waste and lots of ivy, which provided privacy but was also strangling the trees. We have tidied up and cut the ivy. As a consequence, we now have one gap to the railway platform that needs closing. To do this we need a plant/tree/shrub that fulfils the following criteria: needs to grow ca. 3-4 meters high (there is a wall of about 1.5m so we don't need any foiliage for screening below this hight); needs to be able to grow in a shady spot (there are trees on all sides, only a little bit of sunlight in the early morning and only at a height of 1.5m due to the wall); shouldn't need much water because the spot so sheltered that it gets quite dry in the summer. I thought possibly an elder would be good - any other suggestions?
PS all this is in South Cambridgeshire, the last winter seems to have taken its toll on a few things in what is otherwise a lovely garden with lots of different bulbs, shrubs, roses etc.
- 20 May, 2011