Shrubbery advice?

Shrubbery advice?

Hello all, The fellow and I are just starting to tackle the lack of curb appeal to our house (picture behind the cut) which we bought a year ago. We have to do this in mini phases due to the lack of budget and tearing out the juniper bushes and the chain link are in the future. Right now we're working on the bed that's on the right hand side of the house (under the small window) a friendly place--starting with some flowering shrubs for the background. The spindly little Charlie Brown Xmas tree has been removed and planted in an appropriate spot in the back yard so it's really quite empty there right now. Any suggestions would be very welcome...we're looking for something 3-5 feet high that will have long lasting blooms. It's an east facing area (morning sun; afternoon shade; zone 8). Off of the top of my head I'm thinking maybe a mountain laurel or a hydrangea. What would you plant there?
ardisia humilis question

ardisia humilis question

i have a new room…

i have a new room…

Our small apartment in Paris

Our small apartment in Paris

Ok, some random photos of my back yard… and a question for all you tree people.

Ok, some random photos of my back yard… and a question for all you tree people.

mystery plant

mystery plant

Done for the Spring, I think.

Done for the Spring, I think.