Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is one of the best picks for deep shade. This southeastern native features cone-shaped blooms from mid- to late summer and hefty leaves that turn purple-red in autumn. 'Snow Queen' (shown) is especially bright in fall. 4 to 10 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide in zones 5 to 9. | Photo: FhF Greenmedia/GAP Photos | thisoldhouse.com
My mother-in-law (a wonderful godly woman) would root her species Hydrangea by digging a shallow hole, laying a Hydragea branch in the hole (late spring/early summer), back-filling the hole with the dirt and placing a brick on top of the hole/branch. In the fall, the branch would have rooted into the soil just in time for a fall harvest to transplant. Miss you Bernice Moore!