Aiyiyi--need oleander replacement
Here's the situation: We have a narrow sideyard where the only free space is next to a tall, well-established white oleander, which has been pruned into a 10-to-15-foot-tall tree. We've been grilling under the oleander, with the grill sitting in the dirt bed next to the oleander. I was planning on extending the brick walkway out a bit so that the grill won't keep sinking into the ground....but as I'm digging the patio extension, a neighbor reminded me of the high toxicity levels of oleander. It's a gas grill with a cover, and certainly we wouldn't accidentally eat any leaves....but even so, the alarm has gone off in my mind.
I would love to plant something else that has similar characteristics: evergreen, can take a certain amount of shade (it's next to a fence), doesn't need a lot of water, grows quickly, etc.
We may just take the whole thing out anyway, but it would be nice to have a backup plan in case it just looks too bare there.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!