dark-leaved evergreen shrub choices?
This fall, I'm planning to put two new planting beds in the sunny front corners of the yard. I have an OVERLOAD Of green between grass, ivy and other shrubs, so I want as much year round color as I can get in those beds.
I'm thinking I'd like something deep and plummy-colored as the backdrop shrub. I am not getting that from lorapetalums in other parts of our yard (see previous thread.) Any suggestions for a shrub that can be kept at about a 4' height, gets 4-5 hours of sun daily, and keeps its leaves and an interesting color all year?
I could also use some suggestions for good combination plantings for those beds. As much summer flower power as I can get, and something fragrant for neighbors walking by to enjoy would be a plus. The house is country French and the existing landscaping nods to the formal side with some symmetry but the vibe is loose, not pruned.