|our Vigilant, circa 1977, in October|
A gas boiler also means, eventually, a gas stove. Hurrah! I look forward to replacing our glass-top '90s vintage electric stove. I grew up cooking on gas, and learning to cook on electric was an adjustment I didn't appreciate (white people problems, as Mike would say, ha!). Plus, slightly more practically, I can use a real wok (the one I inherited from my mom, the real one with a stand and round bottom) on a gas cooktop.
It also means a challenge in the garden department. How so? Well, on top of our front yard looking like it recently endured the tunneling of a giant mole (from running the gas line, you see), we have this:
Lest you think that this is no big thing, let me assure you that it is right next to both front entrances (garage and formal front door), and that it is a blot on our otherwise welcoming dooryard. Here's another mugshot:
- attractive for most of the year, i.e. no oak-leaf hydrangeas or cotoneasters that look like shite in winter;
- fairly large so as to extend its branches gracefully outward from its place near the corner of the house and screen or otherwise distract attention from the gray metal atrocity;
- not dwarf Alberta spruce or burning bush/winged euonymus;
- bonus points for flowers or other nice features.
But, you say, aren't you the expert? Why are you asking your blogience (blog audience, c'mon... don't give me that skeptical look, it's a great word, use it and spread it around) about what shrub to choose? Solve your own garden problems, you lazy thing! Well, yes, but I already have a list of shrub candidates for this spot, but I thought perhaps you might be more clever.
My short list:
Viburnum rhytidophyllum Leatherleaf Viburnum
Viburnum rhytidophylloides Lantanaphyllum Viburnum
Hydrangea paniculata Panicle aka PeeGee Hydrangea
It really is intensely shady in this spot. The viburnums would most likely not flower, so it would be more about their leaves and form. What do you think?