another mystery

another mystery

[mystery plant]
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Hello, I've answered a few posts, but this is my first.
(Please pardon the external link for the pic)

I recently moved into a new house and have a bunch of bushes in front that aren't doing so great. There is a lot of borer damage and dead wood and all the growth is on top... they seem to need more sun (they're planted half under a huge pine tree) but before I put in the work, I'd like to know what they are. I think they're like the plant I see a lot of at shopping centers and corporate headquarters, where the stems turn red and that's what you see for the winter... but I dunno what those are either.

All help is greatly appreciated.
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vegetable garden pictures/update

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Please tell me what this plant is?

Please tell me what this plant is?