Right plant, right place. I know I harp on that a lot. Sorry about that. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people have these teeny-tiny little areas for which nursery-fresh plants in 3 gallon pots look perfect. And then they grow. And grow. If only there were an evergreen shrub that grows slowly, stays small, and is typically avoided by the deer.
I like Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) a lot as a plant for tight spaces. Its dark green foliage plays really nicely with brick and stone, it makes flowers and foliage around it pop, and it’s undemanding. If we have a partial shade situation, I’ll even use it in place of liriope if I’m trying to create a border. In the photo below, we used Sarcococca to edge the walk because the homeowner didn’t want to have to mess with liriope.
If you want numbers, it’ll grow to 12-24 inches tall and wide, gets white flowers in the spring time, and is hardy in zones 7-9. Like any other slow-growing specimen they’re pricey, but I personally think the ease of maintenance makes the added cost pay off.