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shrub or small tree in wet ground

I have a small brick built planter which measures 4 ft x 3 ft and the soil is made up of lots of manure which i dug into the soil this year . As a result the ground is very moisture retentive! I would like to grow a small tree of large shrub to be the middle feature which i will surround by planting bluebell bulbs. Has anyone got any advice on what would be best in this location. 


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I hope that the manure was well-rotted?

    Kilmarnock willow would do well in damp ground.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,965

    A hydrangea would like moisture retentive soil, you have the  choice of several types, I think one of the serrata cultivars would look lovely, or you could go for a more traditional mophead or the gloriious paniculata - lots of choice image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,058

    A Cornus- Dogwood- would like it too.

    They are primarily grown for their stem colour in the autumn/winter, but some have nice foliage colour as the leaves die back. You prune them back quite hard each Spring, so it wont get too big & it's the new stems produced that year that colour up the best. Some varieyies are more prone to suckering than others, so check first if you dont want a grove of them.

    I've got a rich purple Iris Reticulata 'Georg' under my C.Alba Elagentissima. J.

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