Posted: 07/08/2015 at 12:52
Can you tell us the aspect and also what soil you have as they both make a lot of difference as well as how cold your garden gets in winter?
I would suggest pyracantha which is evergreen, has spring blossom and autumn shrubs and is fairly fast growing. It is great for wildlife and can be trained against walls and fences.
Euonymous fortuneii would give you creamy variegation which would brighten things up in winter but, in my experience, they don't like to go below -10C. There are also yellow/gold variations.
Eleagnus would also give you variegated forms in creams or yellows with silvery underleaves.
Photinia davidii woul dgive you evergreen leaves and spring flwoers and autumn berries. Some of the leaves turn red and drop in autumn. Photinia robinia has red spring foliage which is renewed with new growth after it's been trimmed if you grow it as a hedge rather than a shrub.
Berberis julianae has golden yellow flowers and red berries.
None of the above will grow like the clappers but they will achieve the height you want and provide interest. None is particularly fussy about soil type.
If you have acid soil you can look at assorted rhododendrons.
However, if you intend to clip it as a hedge I'd stick with the pyracantha, berberis or photinia robinia.