If you are looking for a shrub that pays its way all year round it is hard to beat this form of North American Oak Leafed Hydrangea. It does everything that the species can do and then some.
The large handsome leaves look good all year and as the autumn cold sets in they turn from green to deep burgundy and then stay on the plant through to spring. the flowers differ from the species in being double which unless it has some ornamental extras I’m not usually after double forms, and this one pays off in spades. The flowers look like tiny double white camellias and due to sterility last in good order on the plant for ages, far longer than the single forms. Due to their extra weight they are more pendulous and they are usually stained with green which I personally love in any flower.