I want to plant tall bushes in front of my house this summer, and would love suggestions. The perfect plant would be bushy and green, grow to about 5 feet tall, do well in partial sun, have beautiful, fragrant flowers all summer long, withstand Chicago winters and be very hardy. I've thought about some kind of rose (no experience here), hydrangea, spirea, lilac... Hmmm. I don't know.
Anyone have a favorite shrub? I'd love to hear about it.