Answer: I think a wildflower meadow is a perfect solution to a low maintenance, high interest landscape. There are not too many deciduous shrubs that do not flower, nor are there many deciduous conifers that will fit your criteria. But, below is a list of hardy shrubs that you can use as a privacy screen in your cold winter climate. Perhaps these will appeal to you:
Cotoneaster adpressus var. praecox, Potentilla fruticosa, Spiraea bumalda ?Anthony Waterer?, Symphoricarpos chenaultii ?Hancock?, Viburnum opulus ?Nanum?,
Chaenomeles speciosa, Euonymus alata, Philadelphus coronarius ?Aureus?, Rosa rugosa,
Spiraea x vanhouttei, Juniperus chinensis ?Pfitzeriana?, Juniperus sabina,
Picea glauca ?Conica?, Pinus mugo var. mugo Taxus media ?Brownii?, Taxus cuspidata (spreading types), Thuja occidentalis ?Woodwardii?.
Good luck with your new landscape.
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