Topiary plant advice

Hi all. Hope you can give me some advice. I have inherited two gorgeous chimney pots which I have placed either side of my front door. I want to plant something which will look good all year round but will look impressive. My main thought was perhaps a box lollipop style topiary or similar. My local garden centre has various types which would look good eg bay, lavender, rosemary, margeurite and a conifer but all of them have "sun" or "full sun" on planting labels. My house is north-facing and hardly gets any sun at all. It is quite sheltered - if we have a frost it doesn't normally come right up to the door.
So can anyone advise which plants would suit this position best. Topiary trees are very expensive so I would hate to kill them off through choosing the wrong ones
Thanks
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On 4/15/12 8:55 AM, Fugly Jowls wrote:

I would definitely NOT use lavender or rosemary for topiary. Neither of those two do well when sheared.
How about boxwood, myrtle, or privet? All do well when sheared. Boxwood and privet are both hardy; myrtle is less so. All three of these are very often used for topiary.
Boxwood (genus Buxus) will grow in shade, part-shade, or full sun.
Myrtle (Myrtus communis) will grow in part-shade or full sun.
Privet (genus Ligustrum) will grow in part-shade or full sun.
Whether you get enough sun for myrtle or privet should be determined by a local nursery. The same is true for whether myrtle is sufficiently hardy for your local climate.
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