Need decorative evergreens to replace outgrown junipers
My first post, although I've been lurking on GW for some time... :)
When moving into my house 15 years ago, the first thing we naively planted was a small juniper on each side of the stone staircase that is the entry gate to the house from the driveway (see photos). Since then the junipers have naturally grown very big (with pruning, held to 8' by 8'), such that they are now totally out of scale for the location, and frankly they have become ugly in my view.
I am looking to replace them with shrubs with the following characteristics: 1) evergreen in Zone 6 (NY Hudson Valley); 2) decorative/specimen, as they will serve as the entry gate to a front patio that leads to the house; 3) full sun; 4) limited maintenance, but held to 6' by 6' with annual pruning; and 5) attractive from below, as they would be seen from below while ascending the front steps.
I guess I am open to suggestions about broadleaf evergreens, as for the most part I have always planted conifers. For example, directly opposite the staircase across from the driveway (see photo), along the driveway is an area already densely filled with conifers, including: 1) blue atlas cedar (tree); 2) various types/colors of juniper and arborvitae shrubs; 3) boulevard cypress; 4) canadian hemlock shrub; and also 5) sandcherry, cherry laurel, endless summer hydrangeas, barberry et al.
I was thinking about rhododendrons, but the planting area is subject to punishing high winds in the winter, thus probably not appropriate.
Your suggestions of the appropriate and decorative evergreen shrubs that will serve as the gateway to the house, in place of the 2 big junipers, will be highly appreciated, thanks!