Sodden flower bed needs cheering up..

could someone advise me on some evergreen shrubs, which don't grow too high-maybe 2-3 feet that will grow in a wet, (very wet )west facing flower bed PLEASE?
I have tried all sorts of flowers in the past, most don't grow, and those that do don't seem to grow well, as though the roots just stay their original size. It is quite heavy soil, last year i mixed in some rotted manure on someones advise.
it looks so depressing! please help :)

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  • lisa110rrylisa110rry Forumite
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    Is there room perhaps for a beech sapling? I have a boggy area in which I have mostly ferns and hostas, with a beech for height and for the wonderful luminous white peeling bark. I believe hydrangeas can also take quite a bit of dampness.

    Is one of your rainwater drains blocked? When I got mine "done" it made a huge difference to said wet bit.
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  • TheGardenerTheGardener Forumite
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    Search for 'pond margin' plants and you should be fine. Astilbe, Iris, Lobelia cardinalis to name but a few would all thrive in that sort of area. If you want shrubs look for dwarf weeping willow (mini grafted ones - the full sized ones are enormous!) I'm struggling with shrubs that like wet feet but a lot of the more architectural grasses and sedges like Carex and Acorus will give winter interest and some are evergreen.

    It sounds like drainage you need so adding horticultural grit and sand would be more useful than manure which holds water rather than drains it.
  • edited 26 August 2016 at 6:47PM
    I_have_spokenI_have_spoken
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    edited 26 August 2016 at 6:47PM
    Viburnum, mahonia 'charity', yew and Irish yew, many hebes, thuja, eucalyptus gunnii, firethorn, some bamboo. Also Acorus gramineus, New Zealand hair sedge, many spurge like Pachysandra terminalis

    For flowers geums (water avens) can take wet along with sun.
  • TheGardenerTheGardener Forumite
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    ...some bamboo...

    Some great suggestions from I have Spoken but tread carefully with the bamboo and stick to the 'clump' rather than 'running' varieties.
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    thanks so much- i live in hope!
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