What are the bushes that seem to always grow on the side of a house, probably 4' tall? I think, not sure, they look like some species of juniper, but if so, what kind? Oh, they also have kind of thin branches too, and sometimes people square them to look better.
What Type of Bushes
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Boxwood, yews and junipers are the most popular foundation shrubs and all can be trimmed like you describe. This article has information on the many choices available for foundation planting: