Answer: There are a number of plants you can use: Nandina (heavenly bamboo) is an upright evergreen and the foliage turns red in the fall (and back to green in the spring and summer); Burford Holly produces red berries in the fall; Pittosporum blooms in April; Wax Myrtle is a standard landscape plant in your gardening region and tolerates both sun and shade and lots of pruning to keep it in shape. Hope one of these is just right for your garden.
Your hydrangeas will eventually fill out, but because they are growing in the shade, their growth rate will be slow because they prefer to have 5-6 hours of sunshine.
Best wishes with your garden!
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