Some of your groundcover options for that site include prostrate types of juniper and Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' which is very low care. The following web site provides much more info on groundcovers for North Carolina:
For the shrub I'd try 'Sienna Sunset' dwarf nandina or 'Crimson Pigmy' dwarf Japanese barberry. This next website provides more shrub choices:
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