Need help with choice of shrubs please
After the harsh winter we had, we lost most of the shrubs in the front of our house. Three wiegela (though the middle one isn't completely dead) and a boxwood. We put them in 2 summers ago because the previous shrubs weren't doing well; very leggy, not bushy (perhaps we didn't prune them properly). We have lots of large mature trees on our lot but the front of our house gets afternoon sunshine (faces west) for a few hours until the trees across the street block out the sun.
Does anybody have any suggestions of a hardy shrub for Zone 4 that will fill out fast over the course of one season? Or that we can purchase large enough to look full almost immediately.
Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!