Planting around Air Conditioning
I have a shady, east-facing flat/level bed, about 25 feet long by 8 feet wide with a big ugly gray air conditioning unit/compressor/whatchamacallit smack in the middle. The bed is bordered by a very nice stone walkway. Right now, it's a jumble of overgrown hostas, pachysandra. There are also two sunken window wells in the foundation wall that can't be blocked by foliage. We have wooden siding, so nothing too close to the walls or climbing up either (so saith the spouse).
The electricity/telephone entrance box is on the wall of the house at this end. Basically this is a utility area, but it's right around the corner from the porch and a small stone patio.
My question is: Is there a good way to mask the a.c. unit and get some sort of interest in this area? It's very ugly now, but I think it has a lot of potential. It's the only really shady/cool/damp spot on my property.