I tend to be more partial to shrubs and trees around the coop. I love the lorapetalum. The chickens don't tear it up and like to hang out under it. The coop is at the edge of the woods but our garden is just on the other side - good in the off-season so they can forage in it, not so good during the gardening season. Oh, well, it's picturesque! I'm trying to grow a rosemary at the other corner of the coop. Just something to soften the edge.