Full disclosure - I've lived here 11yrs - w/ work, finishing a degree, toddlers (who are now teenagers) I was lucky to have a moment to weed. I'm afraid I have killed, via over-pruning or maybe just pulling it out, much of the 'super easy' perennials that were here:( I just remembered that my girls used to eat the chives...so I asked my 12yr old where the were.
Yep, those are the chives! Leaves are flat...but curl into more tubular shape at the bottom...hence why this is all seems so challenging, EVERYTHING is confusing like that! Again, mad respect to ya'll.
I'm happy to hear the Arrowwood is a worthy plant (and to know for certain that's what it is) - heres another embarrassing thing...I may have planted it.
Is Arrowwood like a Lilac? I planted what was billed as a "late-blooming lilac" in there about 6yrs ago...to fill in that corner & create some privacy - purchased from a fundraiser, it was a sad little thing & I thought it died. Maybe not? Or maybe that's what's next to it? Good gravy. I actually thought this was a vine bc it seemed to grow sideways but now I realize it was going for the sun - when I tied it up, it was tall! Trimmed some tree branches to get more sun there - we'll see. Did yours get to 8-10ft Applestar?! If that thing next to mine is not something good, I'll pull it out to make room for sure!
Here are some close-ups - and here's hoping they're not weeds...
I'm adding !potatoes! handy numbers/comments in the pic comments for easy reference (thank you for that!)