What are some low maintenance, sun loving, compact shrubs for zone 5?

We had spirea planted in this area but they were too big and were constantly growing and hanging over the sidewalk. The area is approximately 4 feet wide by 20 feet in length.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2017
    that is because they are supposed to be pruned hard before the growing season and after they finish flowering.

  • Hardyju Hardyju on May 26, 2017
    I pruned on a regular basis and even pruned them almost to the ground in earmy spring. They came back less woody which meant the heavy flowers then drooped. I had a love hate relationship with them for 11 years and last fall the hate won. We pulled them out.

  • Lyn22410963 Lyn22410963 on May 27, 2017
    What about dwarf butterfly bushes instead?

  • Hardyju Hardyju on May 30, 2017
    Thanks! I love butterfly bushes!

  • Marcie Marcie on May 30, 2017
    I love boxwood! Slow growing, sun loving and very, very green!

  • Hardyju Hardyju on May 30, 2017
    I love boxwoods too. I have several already in the front yard so I was looking for something different. If all else fails I will go get more:)