So I killed two birds with one stone the other day.
The chimenea on the back patio had suffered enough freeze/thaw cycles that the spalling on the bottom had gone all the way through.
At the same time, there was a persistent bit of bare dirt in the southeast corner of the privacy fence that is obviously not getting enough sunlight for grass.
A plan is hatched!
I schlepped the chimenea over and plopped it on the ground, nestled in the corner. I will now fill it with potting soil and try to encourage something to grow out of it.
I need to find a subspecies of Hygrangeum* that is shade-tolerant and likes to spread all vine-like along the ground, but won't try and climb the fence and vault into the neighbor's yard like the mutated tendrils from a bad Fifties SF flick in an attempt to strangle their little yappy dog. (Although if it could do that all subtle-like and then vault back into our yard without leaving evidence, I'd take that as a plus.)
*If you don't mow it, can't eat it, and can't stand in its shade, it's a Hygrangeum.