Posted: 20/09/2016 at 21:40
Snowy, not a large area so you wont want too many shrubs. One shrub as a centrepiece...doesnt mean it has to be in the centre though. Or two shrubs but nothing too big.
Small evergreens like euonymous, hebes, dwarf pittosporums etc perhaps. A lovely little slow growing evergreen shrub is abelia Confettii; a true beauty.
evergreen perennials like heucheras will give colourful foliage and flowers. Winter heathers? Yellow, green and dark foliage with winter flowers and neat. Libertias are small evergreen uniquely coloured grass like perennials you might like
the "miniature" conifer? some 25 years ago I planted 3 dwarf conifers in a trough for my young nephew.....next month I will be removing one of them that I had moved into the garden. It is 15 ' tall and wide and will be a challenge to get it out. "Miniature/dwarf" conifers do not stay like that.
I would not keep that laurel cutting there. It will be better grown in a pot for a while
Can you post a picture? Is it sunny? Well drained?
You can have a "neat" garden...you said you don't want plants growing into one another......with mounds, spikes, oolourful foliage and all year round interest. A gravel or bark mulch to decorate it..?