companion shrub for a hydrangea
OK so I have a flower bed in front of my house, (see picture below), The bed is centered under a long window. I HAVE to have a hydrangea planted under the window. It's a physical need to see big blue flowers underneath it in the summer. I would like to plant evergreen shrubs beside/staggered in front of my hydrangea, an informal foundation planting is the look I'm shooting for. I'd like something with seasonal interest, preferably blooming in fall or winter, but I know i'm already being too picky. :) And it needs to be a max of about 4', so I can actually SEE my favorite bush!
the soil is a mix of clay and loamy amendment, it is at the top of a slight slope so it shouldn't stay wet, but will get a lot of water from the gutters/roof/me etc. and has a roughly southern exposure. It gets direct light at about 10AM until 1PM then pretty bright filtered light (through trees) until 4:30. or so. There were BIG loropetalums taking up the whole bed before. I have since murdered them.
I can't for the life of me decide on a bush, I'm hoping someone has a suggestion. I believe there's a bush for every planting situation and need. My bush has to be out there somewhere!