My baby just cares... for Nandina

Help me my husband wants to plant Nandina.

And God help me he wants it in the front yard.

He sees it on all those HGTV shows in warmer climates where it looks pretty and Zen and is rather invasive.

Here it looks like someone hit it with a baseball bat most of the year. If it would survive in our zone, it would HAVE to be a back yard plant.