Hi Mike. Thanks for the reply. Yes, the shadows are late in the day. Just thought the afternoon sun is quite important, so I thought I would practice with that. I understand that this is virtual, but I can tell you from experience that sketchup is not a million miles off. Definitely worth trying
There is no fence or trellis along north line. Oh the irony!! My whole design a couple of months ago had trellises running along the north side (I presume you mean in the East-west axis), but I removed them, since I read that trellis in open space (say for an espaliered or fan trained fruit tree) should run north south, so both sides of the fruit get some sun. Hoping this what kind of happens with the greengage (a plum)
Anyway, number 3 huh. Great, will wait to see if any more votes. As I said, am willing to move things around, doesn't have to be one of my designs. Quite difficult. The width of the plot if very narrow, and in reality, my trees and shrubs, albeit mostly dwarf, are probably a bit too large for the plot so it's really tricky to create that layered effect i.e. short at the front, tall at the rear.
My main concern has been the shadows cast from the western side to the eastern i.e. if trees or shrubs are in a line running east to west, that the western most plant casts afternoon shade on the next plant and so on. Leading me to think of ways to somehow stagger the plants. It does get rather complicated then, and from my other post I wrote on that subject, I don't see many designs that even take this into consideration. I guess I should probably just be allowing say at least a foot of space between trees and shrubs, so some sunlight can get to their east and west faces. Hope that makes sense
Looking forward to more comments