Our builder has planted, and we have watched die, 5 beautiful spruce trees at the corner of our house.  Whatever we plant there needs to be a good eyeful, not a brown, dying or dead tree.  We'd like a tree or bush, preferably colorful year-round.  The soil there is in a poorly drained area which is impossible for us to fix without great cost and the agreement of several neighbors  -- in other words we need to live with it. Any suggestions?
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willows.............can not plant near foundations............pipes, septic system, drain fields.................forsythia..............
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