I want to create a woodland garden in Newcastle, NSW. I"ve read that woodlands have three layers: upper story, understory and ground plants.
I have an upper story with a large gum tree and a tea tree (plus borrowed shade). However these are high, mature trees and I want to plant a couple understory trees/ shrubs. I like the idea of deciduous trees with white flowers (because they stand out in the slightly gloomier conditions). I"m afraid I"m not a fan of natives (sorry native lovers).
I had been thinking about...
a. Cornus Kousa (Korean Dogwood)
b. Amelanchier Lamarkii (Serviceberry)
d. Magnolia Stellata
e. Hamemelis (Witch Hazel)
I realise these are all from cooler climates. My backyard does have a slightly cooler microclimate because we are on a hill with a cooling nor- easter. Has anyone from Sydney and North had experience with any of these or wisdom to offer? I"m also open to alternatives if you think these won"t work.
Many thanks. Greg