This client had some trees removed downhill of this firepit last year, in order to get a better view of the city. What to replace them with?
We didn't want anything too tall that would block the view again, but there is a hill that slopes downward immediately behind the firepit so anything too short wouldn't be visible either. The client is also a fan of orange flowers, and specified NOT PINK. This is what we came up with:
It's hard to see but imagine this in a couple years when the plants are bigger: a hedge of 5 yellow 'Dart's Gold' ninebark shrubs around the back of the firepit, a drought-tolerant garden of ornamental grass, gaillardia, iris germanica and cushion spurge on the left, and a 'Diabolo' ninebark and dwarf globe blue spruce on the right for year-round colour, plus some daylilies and sedum 'Autumn Joy'.
Here's a close-up of the left-hand side. There is cushion spurge and iris germanica for spring colour, 3 catmints along the front for summer colour, 3 gaillardia 'Frenzy' for summer/fall orange-ish bloom colour, and an ornamental grass for season-long interest. (We still need to finish topping up the bark mulch.)
And on the far right, a 'Diabolo' ninebark to contrast with the blue spruce and repeat the burgandy foliage colour that exists elsewhere in the yard, plus 3 sedum 'Autumn Joy' for textural contrast with the daylilies and fall bloom colour.