Posted: 20/03/2014 at 17:48
Ivy swamps other plants if not kept in check and does nothing to add structure.
Daphnes are very slow as punkdoc says esp in the early stages, if you have spare cash a more mature one? D. tangutica is good. Avoid D. 'Eternal Fragrance', it does have the odd flower through the winter but is very dull.
Those very upright taxus are nice, can't remember the name. Euonymus, 'Emerald and Gold' and 'Emerald Gaiety, not so structural but very reliable.