This gas meter was an eyesore from the south patio, a small, intimate patio where the picnic table is. Of couse, I couldn't put something in front of it that would permanently block it, or the meter reader would not be impressed. This was my solution.
Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' is a narrow, tall ornamental grass. I cut it down in April, and by now (end of June), it is tall enough to screen the meter but it is flexible enough to be brushed aside. With Calgary springs, that means really only a couple of eat-outside days before the meter is covered.