I'm also looking for some small evergreens to help populate the front garden area. I like evergreens as they provide visual interest through all four seasons. I need to be careful about the size of whatever I choose as I do not want the front of the house to be shaded. The wonderful light and passive solar gain the cottage gets was part of its attraction.
I've been researching low growing junipers and have already purchased two different kinds. Juniperus Squamata or “Blue Star”, grows to a height of only 2-3 feet, and spreads out to a maximum width of 3-4 feet. It is a slow growing, dense evergreen. The young needle tips have a bright bluish tint. Juniperus Chinensis or “Pfitzeriana Aurea Gold Star” grows to a maximum height of 4 feet and to a maximum width of 6 feet. It has golden tipped branches that arch gracefully and a light green body. I picked up three of each at a local home centre for just under $10 a pot. These are quite small at the moment, but that makes it a little easier to get them home. And the price was right, so I can be patient. Regardless of their present size, the color of each compliments the other quite nicely.
I'm planning to use them to anchor the corners of area in front of the cottage that will be covered in crushed stone. These rectangular areas on either side of the steps will have raised beds in front of them, and the front two corners will be planted with these lovely evergreens. I'll post more pictures when they are in place.