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..a bit of a tall order I think, something 2 x 2, hardy and year round interest, but I shall give you two that I grow and see if you might be interested in these.
Choysia 'Goldfingers'. This small shrub is evergreen, quite a bright plant, with yellow leaves and scented white flowers in summer. It has proved exceptionally hardy for me, out in all weathers in a container, suffered continued freezing, snow drifts, the lot, for the past 3 hard winters. I live in cold east Anglia.. The tips get a little burnt and dry but it soon recovers. As an added bonus it's pretty drought tolerant too but welcomes a good drink with some food as they all do...
Fargesia mureliae 'Simba' - this dwarf bamboo type grass - non invasive - will live happily in a container for many years. Mine has been in one for at leat 4 years now without repotting and like the one above has suffered all the extremes including freezing wind. It is evergreen but like a lot of grasses/bamboos can look a bit 'deciduous' and a a little 'tatty' at the worst times but will soon recover [providing the owner does not fret], and green up again.
I love both these plants and wouldn't be without them for containers. See what you think.
Fargesia mureliae 'Simba - that's the one - I was going to suggest it but was trying desperately to remember it's name - it'd be great as long as it doesn't bake in too much strong sunlight.
You can grow citrus tree .Even if space is limited or climate isn't suitable, it's still possible to enjoy these trees.
How about Nandina domestica 'Fire power'. Evergreen, flowers, berries and change of leaf colour. I've had a larger version in a pot for years and it has not neede much attention but still thrives.