Answer: Here are a few suggestions:
Glossy abelia (up to 6' tall, shiny leaves with small, white flowers; semi-evergreen)
Strawberry shrub (Calycanthus floridus - up to 8' tall; flowers give off spicy fragrance when crushed; leaves give off interesting camphor-like fragrance; rather coarse and open growth habit; deciduous)
Rugosa rose (5 to 6 feet tall, can be pruned to keep in bounds, deciduous)
Wintergreen barberry (Berberis julianae - grows to 6-8', evergreen, yellow flowers in spring, berries in fall)
Drooping lucothoe (L. fontanesiana - evergreen, white flowers in spring; height 4-5')
Leatherleaf viburnum (V. rhytidophyllum - 8-10', evergreen; white flowers in spring, berries in fall)
Rhododendrons might work, but I'd worry about that intense sun; they prefer a more protected site with some shade from the hot, midday sun. Mountain laurel falls into the same category.
A mix of small conifers interplanted with herbaceous perennials like daylilies might also be nice.
I hope this helps you get started.
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