Posted: 24/06/2014 at 16:52
The figwort? It's already 1.8m. The link the forum chewed up was to a magnolia. I saw a magnolia by a pond and liked it, so I looked for magnolias, and I foudn that one: Magnolia Felix Jury
Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury, 'Felix' is a stunning new form, which once it reaches 5 - 6 years in age, will produce its huge (up to 30cm across), bright pink flowers in early spring. Each flower is impressive in itself, but as they appear in good numbers, the overall effect is really spectacular. Relatively compact and upright in habit (more tree-like than shrubby) it makes a super addition to smaller gardens, where it will perform best in a sunny spot with protection from strong winds.
It sounds good, although it wouldn't be in full sun. The one by the pond is not in full sun except maybe for half an hour in mid-morning and looked healthy enough, but that one says it wants full sun. Maybe it'd cope in the shade and maybe it wouldn't ... and then I saw the "height and spread" thing.
The site says it makes "a super addition to smaller gardens." By the looks of that, a smaller garden would make a super addition to that plant.
I think a sweet box may be a better choice ... just in time for an army of caterpillars to invade and eat it.