Answer: If given a choice, I'd go with Magic Carpet Spirea. This is an award-winning three-season dwarf shrub that offers vibrant foliage and flower color. The bright gold foliage is accented with striking red leaf tips. Early spring flowers are deep pink-purple that cover the plant over a long period. In autumn, foliage changes to russet tones that retain their beauty to the holidays. Low spreading habit is ideal filler or groundcover. Deciduous shrub. Full sun. Medium to fast growth to 18 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
As for the foundation planting, I'd recommend Dark Horse Weigela. Generous clusters of magenta pink flowers stand out boldly against bronze leaves with striking lime green venation. Shorter stature makes a valuable foundation plant that fits well in small gardens. Dense, spreading habit is particularly good coverage in the foreground of shrub borders or on banks. Shape plants after spring bloom. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate growth to 3 feet tall and about as wide. A 5' high and wide shrub might be too large for the southease side of your home.
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