Dwarf deciduos shrubs
I got a bit over enthusiatic whilst lifing the canopy of the Heptacodium recently and to make matters worse, whilst I was weeding underneath yesterday (the reason for lifting as I couldn't really get in there) I managed to snap off yet another low branch!! It now looks rather odd!
I plan to remove the rest of the Iris and box mound there but right now they are providing a little bit of shade for the Acer Garnet and the cyclamen planted behind them. The area faces south east, is sunny with great soil, ideal position other than the fact if we get a terribly wet April/May it can remain flooded/waterlogged for a week or so. I've lost many a plant here due to these conditions and what now survives has coped with the conditions over the past 3 years so tend to get a bit apprehensive about planting something else.
There are many spring bulbs in here that seem to cope with those conditions - snowdrops, fritillaria, daffodils and crocus. Some self sown primula vulgaris and a couple Primula japonica seedlings I moved there back in spring.
Between the Heptacodium and the Physocarpus, there is a witchhazel (H. Jelena) which isn't doing too great and I doubt has long left in my garden.
Has anyone got a suggestion of dwarf deciduous shrub I can plant there that won't over crowd the Acer and cope with the aforementioned conditions. My initial thought was to plant a largish Hosta that would cope with the sun and allow the bulbs to do their thing in spring. I really am in two minds about what to do with this area and would like a suggestion or two to ponder over.
As usual, thanks in advance.