Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia reginae). Full sun: 6+ hours direct sun. Bloom season: spring. Evergreen tropical with exotic colorful flowers. Size: 4' H x 4' W. Growth rate: medium. Cold hardiness: 30-20 F. Little pruning required. Fertilization: spring and summer, do it frequently during growing season.
Golden Barberry : In front of my porch Bright Golden Yellow foliage all season long. Excellent choice for a hedge in lightly shaded areas. Also makes a fine specimen plant! May be sheared into shapes, as well. Compact habit. Fall color is scarlet-gold mix. Height 3-4 feet. Width is about the same.