I am the wrong person to ask! I don't do much gardening but every now & again I buy plants and then they usually die.@sherri @Lols What sort of flowering shrub would be good in Tasmania? Be the same as the ones that do OK in Victoria. Pity we could not discuss this in Cats, Critters & Gardens but there you go. Things like lilac, crepe myrtle. Don’t want flowering/decorative trees, no room but a bunch of shrubs, path through it, nice bit statuary in the middle, perhaps an arbor with climbing roses.
Lols, by all means keep posting your beautiful photos in C,C&G, safe enough now. If you could add names that would be good.
It sounds as if you are after an old fashioned garden (which is fine. I don't mean it in a derogatory way). Most modern gardens here at the moment tend to be done with grasses, you would struggle to find anything colourful or flowering.
What about azaleas? I would imagine they could do quite well in Tassie and they are beautiful.
PS This is seriously off topic but thought I'd ask as I am a bit confused. You are showing as HBS guy. Are you the same person as jovial monk? It's just both of you have the same little picture/avatar thingy and it looks like a photo of a pet, rather than a pic taken off the internet, so it made me think you could be the same person.