I think weeds can sometimes be useful. When we moved into our house, the backyard was little more than a rectangle of sand. But this shrub was thriving in the corner and mostly hiding the view of a dilapidated shed in my neighbor’s yard.
So even though I was told it was a “weed” there was no way I was removing it. Instead, I added a clematis vine near the base. And two years later there’s plenty of blooms on this “weedy” shrub. And enough height to completely block out the shed.
Amy John Headley is a landscape designer based in San Francisco.