Among the new shrubs from Bailey Nurseries:
You've got to be careful where you use barberry, but the small hybrids don't seem to be as problematical as the straight species, which can be very invasive.
The foliage on this new one is gorgeous .. red with yellow margins and turning burgundy in fall. Upright, arching character that reaches a height of 3-5 feet and spread of 2-4 feet. Full sun, zones 4-7, bred by Don Selinger.
Chastetree is not often used much in landscape designs, perhaps because it gets too large, but this one might change your mind. It has a compact, upright growth habit with foliage that is not as coarse as other cultivars. Height and spread of 8-10 feet, with dark, bluish-purple flowers and a pleasant scent. Zones 6-9, takes full sun and is tolerant of salt, acid or alkaline soils.
First Editions® Funky Fuchsia™ Butterfly Bush
(Buddleia davidii 'PllBD-ll')
You just can't get enough vibrant color with a butterfly bush, so try this one, which has a very upright habit and a pronounced fragrance, along with the striking flowers. Foliage is dark green, which contrasts nicely with the blooms. Six to eight feet high and wide, zones 5-9. Bred by Plant Introductions, Inc.
Well, if you can get these finicky plants to grow in your yard, this is one you'd definitely want to try. The fragrant white flowers appear in April and extend into the fall. The semi-evergreen leaves have white margins, and the shrub has a nice mounded shapae at 4-5 feet high and 3-4 feet wide. Full sun to part shade, zones 5-8. A mass of them would be gorgeous in any garden setting (next to a patio or terrace where you can enjoy the fragrance).
Check out all of Bailey's new 2015 plants at their website link, above.