Looking for evergreen suggestions for the north side of my home, which gets only minimal morning & late afternoon sun. Prefer something medium sized (or that I can prune if needed) that would be about 1-2 ft wide and about 3 ft tall. I have a couple of gardenias (radicans, the lower variety) and rhododendrons there as well on the front of these asreas, but looking for something to put against the house, behind those plants. If it's a bloomer, great, but with limited sun, I know that will be a challenge.
Boxwood will do fine in partial shade. If you have some sun coming from the east and the west in morning and afternoon, that should be enough. Boxwood do like enough water, however, and I agree with Cindy that you should think twice about planting under your home's overhang. Other thoughts: some of the barberries are small, and quite shade-tolerant. Holly and euonymus will also grow in similar conditions, but I think you'd have trouble maintaining the small size you seek with them.
How about sarcococcus? I have a spread of it growing in totally dry shade.
Or dwarf aucuba? There are some cultivars just a couple feet tall which make red berries.
Or harder to find, I love ardisia crenata. An evergreen 3ft tall shrub w/ leathery crinkled foliage w/ beautiful dangling berries.
Or one of the dwarf varieties of nandina. Nice fall color and red berries to boot.
What sarcococcus do you grow in the dry shade? I was thinking of using it in two big planters by my front door that (trust me) will never get watered. I have a few (can't remember the variety off-hand) but they grow sooooo slowly.