Answer: Shrubs that do best in windy areas are those with thick, glossy leaves, such as laurel or viburnum. Dry shade poses quite a challenge - most shade-lovers like moist soil. But, again, laurel and viburnums are fairly tolerant of adverse conditions. Some of the viburnums produce seasonal flowers. I'd go with viburnum davidii in the site you describe. It has two-toned leaves, white flower clusters in mid-summer and blue-black berries in the winter.
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