In need of suggestions!
I have this flower bed that has been in place for about 5 years and while half of it is turning out the way I want it the other half is having troubles. I need an achor plant for one end of the bed but haven't been able to settle on anything. The area needs a large plant, preferably a small tree, to balance out the larger plants at the other end. Something that gets about 15 to 20 feet tall at most, blooms or has unique foliage, and doesn't provide dense shade. I live in zone 9a so it also has to be able to withstand the occassional heavy frost.
The bed in question is full sun most of the day and what little shade it gets is gone by around 10 in the morning. One tree that I don't want in this spot is a crape myrtle due to the trees tendancy to have a dense root system just below the surface of the dirt. I've considered a sable palm since I like how it looks and they have a small root system but they grow much taller then I want and to get a decent sized one would cost at least a couple hundred dollars to have planted. Another tree I considered is the weeping bottle brush tree but I can't seem to find a decent sized one, I'm not as fond of the standard version.
This bed has been driving me crazy and I would really like to get it right this year. Any suggestions would be very welcome!