Originally Posted by BostonBull
What shade tolerant SMALL, i.e. less then 4' mature height, would you recommend? I was thinking of doing a mulch bed along the house where it is the darkest, and stays the wettest. This is the are I have the most problem with. I was thinking some simple Rhodi's, but they will mature large than I would like.
Here's something you really can't go wrong with, in shady or
wet areas (assuming it's not planted in the hole too deep initially):
The red twigs of this dogwood are quite striking in the wintertime.
Yes...Red twig dogwoods can INDEED get above 4'!
BUT.... if you learn from a wise someone locally how to selectively & internally prune this type of plant, it'll be exponentially less likely to spur on rapid & ferocious top growth, like what's typically witnessed after Jim Bob gets done using his electric (or manual) hedge shears!