When I last wrote about my chimnea – the Owner’s Report – y’all had a slew of great ideas for repurposing the thing into a lovely addition to the garden, and there wasn’t a single vote to keep it on the deck where it’s just taking up space and looking like a waste of money.
But ta-dah – the chimnea has a new home. Okay now what?
To set the scene, there’s a bunch of 2-foot-tall variegated Solomon’s seal that will fill out across the back, and in front are the shorter Mexican Evening Primrose. The larger plants you see are a Miscanthus, a dwarf white pine and an ‘Ogon’ spirea, plus a backdrop of the admittedly boring but useful English laurels.
(If you voted for the chimnea to be broken up and displayed on its side, emerging from the ground like an archeological find, that’ll be next, but I’m in no hurry.)
So, design- and hort-savvy readers, what plant would you like to see spilling out of the mouth? And as for spilling out of the TOP – also a lovely idea – I can imagine rigging up some container to suspend across the chimney, but it would need lots of watering – unless it were super-succulent. Or maybe there’s a way to fill the whole thing with soil without it spilling out the mouth. Your ideas, please?