zone 9- evergreen shrub-not more than 2 feet tall--prefer flowering- for light shade-thought of peris but cannot locate a variety this small
Depending on who you believe Skimmia japonica ( some say zone 9 some do not) might be a good plant for you. It is a low growing evergreen, you will need a male and female for berries, The flowers are unique in shape as they are shaped in bunches that look like little christmas trees. You might also look at the yaku rhodi series. That 2 ft max really limits you, Hope this helps.