Posted: 11/10/2012 at 18:02
My evergreen honeysuckle is nice but a bit of a beast! It grows well in my north facing garden too and copes ok. It does get little clusters of berries though late summer / autumn. They are grey / black so not very attractive to birds or presumably children.
I'd choose a varigated ivy. they are very pretty, fast growing, cheap, evergreen and provide great cover for roosting sparrows.