Need advice on choosing a shrub pls

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  1. RandyRos

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    Our back garden/lawn (rented house) is higher at the sides than in the middle. It makes the middle rather wet at times. Especially at this time of year. It gets sun in the morning, shady all afternoon and we're looking for a suitable shrub/small tree that we can put in the middle of the lawn to soak up the extra rain. Obviously in the summer it'll get drier, but it'll never get parched.
    Something that grows no more than 6 foot with a 6 foot spread would be the maximum size really. Does anyone have any suggestions pls? TIA
     
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    Hi Randy, well, there are some shrubs that will tolerate wet soil such as, Hydrangea (and their are some fantastic new varieties out there, Sweetgum, Calycanthus, Diervilla Spendens, Hippophae Rhanoides, Kerria Japonica, Leyecestria Formosa, Neillia Thibetica, Photina Villosa, Physocarpus Opulifolius, Prunus Spinosa, Rubus Arcticus, Salix Repens, Sambucus Nigra, Sobaria, Symphoricarpus, Viburnum Opulus, Weigela.

    That should give you something to consider, but don't forget no shrub will stick to the description of height and width "in the book", so you might have to do a little pruning to keep whatever, if you do, in shape and height.:cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
     
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        To add to Armando's list, also consider Philadelphus and Forsythia.

        Another aspect of those dimensions is the growth habit. You need to think whether you want a Cousin It kind of thicket, a vase shaped cluster of stems, or a small standard tree. In the middle of a lawn, I'd suggest the latter two would be better, but YMMV.
         
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          thanks for the replies. We don't mind a bit of trimming. I just remembered it will be near the underground drain pipe, so would a shallower rooted plant be better? If so, what? TIA
           
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            I don't think so, placing/planting a tree neaby would be a No, No:nonofinger:, but a shrub should be okay as normally their root system would not damage a underground drain pipe.:dunno::cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
             
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              Depending on the size of shrub, of course! If you pick something that's more like 4ft or so, the roots are less likely to make a nuisance of themselves. That said, a previous ex-council house had a 10ft forsythia growing out of a tiny bed on top of the main drain manhole, and that didn't seem to be a problem. Just not a tree, basically.
               
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