planting a bush
We need a bush planted between the corner of the garage and a brick walkway (about a 4-5 ft wide space). The problem is that a gutter on the garage feeds into a leader that is under this area. Is there a bush that could be planted whose roots would not eventually choke the leader? I was thinking of a sky pencil Japanese holly or a small azalea bush. Otherwise, what would you suggest? Thanks for your help.
I would first determine the amount of sunlight that this area receive; full sun, partial sun or shade.
You should also examine the soil and even preform a soil test to ensure your new planting will have a great start.
Fall is a great time for a soil test and to plant a new shrub.
Your County Extension Office can help you with a soil test for a few dollars.
Amending the soil if necessary is easier before you plant, then to try to correct conditions after you have all ready placed a plant in the ground.
I would suggest visiting your local garden center or greenhouse. Check for varieties that are specific to your zone 6 and your growing conditions.
There are many types of shrubs that should fit into this space of your home.
Here are links that will give you the growing conditions and care for the two plants you mention.
I am also listing a link to help you locate your nearest Extension Office.