Need very small tree for front porch garden
I've decided to put Endless Summer Hydrangeas around the front curved part and I want to put a small tree behind the hydrangeas. The back part gets a little less morning sun because of the roof line. It has to be a small tree as the roof will be about 8 and 1/2 foot above part of it. But if the hydrangeas will get up to 3'-4', it needs to be at least a couple 2-3 feet taller than they are. The tree will be in front of the porch as well as next to a red brick wall on another side.
I just want a green leafy cottage-like tree. I originally wanted some type of evergreen so that there would be something green in my garden during winter, especially since the hydrangeas get all woody and bare. But I can't find any evergreen trees except shaped boxwoods or Holly types that will do well in only morning sun. So I don't mind if it loses its leaves in winter as long as it has nice green leaves in spring and all throughout summer and early fall and then maybe a nice fall color before it loses its leaves.
I know the Japanese Maple is a natural for this spot, and I apologize for my unsophisticated taste in plants, but I just don't like the Japanese Maples that are always dark red or brown all the time - or they look brown to me. :/
I've searched the Internet for weeks and I can't come up with anything. I would appreciate any suggestions! :)
This post was edited by BelleIsleCottage on Wed, May 14, 14 at 21:34