This is the picture (large) we took the first summer we moved here.
My wife trimmed and cut quite a bit in this area and this year it looks like this (large).
What are these shrubs? Can the two pictures actually be the same thing? I suspect my wife may have killed another plant, but based on the spacing between the shrubs this year, if the first picture were another plant, it would be a really large weed plant.
[UPDATE] Added a close-up.