Thank you for the advice and the website.
I've purchased a mini Rhododendron which should only grow to a couple of feet, 'Purple Gem', an Euonymus, 'Emerald Gaiety' and a Dwarf Alberta Spruce to put in the corner beside the porch and next to the window. I'm also looking for the 'Daphne odorata'
I have now been inspired to clean up some other aged very woody shrubs and generally tidy up the whole border.
Once again thank you!!!!!!