A favorite in my garden is a Kerria or Japanese Rose. It is a beautiful shrub that has seasonal interest. In the spring it produces lots of flowers and then does a rebloom in the fall with a few less flowers. The stems of the shrub are lime green and in the winter they just glow in the garden giving winter interest. Kerria grows to about 6 feet tall and produces suckers. I dig up and replant the suckers in other parts of my garden. The leaves are about 1 inch long and are bright green with serrated edges. The flowers are about 2 inches across. The plant can come as a double or single blossom and also is available with varigated leaves. Kerria is highly adaptable and does quite well in dappled shade. I would suggest trying this shrub out in a mixed perennial border or a shade garden for a splash of color.
The Creative Gardener