I am replanting my tiny front garden which faces north so rarely has much sun. I'd like to replace a large conifer with something prettier. Ideally evergreen but doesn't have to be. Maximum height around 8 feet. Looking perhaps at a weeping catkin, or even perhaps a standard bay or box in a pot- but open to suggestions. The toal area is about 8 ft by 8 ft with a minute lawn in the middle and the shrub or tree will be a boundary with a neighbour.
Should know but struggling to think of evergreen - I love the birch (Betula jackmonteii) or one of the rowans (sorbus) which has great winter berries. If your thinking of a large shrub ceonothus skylark is a glorious blue or pittosporum Elizabeth is a beautiful variegated shrub...
not evergreen, but this acer has different-but-beautiful foliage all the time from spring (palest green) to autumn (shades of orange/red depending on weather) & doesn't get too huge
we have one like this which is 20+ years old, growing in a raised bed which is kind of like a pot - although the roots have been able to get beyond - & its total height is only around 12' I think. (the only linked says height 2m, so is prob a different variety, but there are lots)