I am landscaping the front of my house and would like to plant several small evergreen shrubs in front of my porch. The porch is only slightly elevated (less than 2 ft) with no railings, so I need shrubs that will stay pretty close to the ground but still give off some nice green color. Anybody know of a nice shrub -- probably a dwarf variety -- that grows no larger than 2-3' high? I am looking for something that can take full sun and that requires little maintenance (although occasional pruning is okay). My landscaper suggested the dwarf gardenia, but I read they can be finicky to grow. Any thoughts? TIA!
Edited to add that I am located in North Carolina (Zone 7A).