Some plants come and go and some a gardener can grow a bit bored with over time. Some plants are reliable friends. Some plants seemed great at first but become unruly guests in the borders, but, every once in a while you plant something that will be a shining star in the garden for years. The reigning 'Queen of the Garden' here is my Hydrangea petiolaris.
I planted this at the base of one of my oak trees in 1995 when we finally completed the third terrace on the small hill in the back garden. It took it's own sweet time getting any sort of size to it and didn't bloom for several years, but, once it took off it climbed, and climbed and climbed. (It seems to still gain another three feet or so a year.) I estimate it's now about forty feet up the tree and every year it blooms better than the last even though the grey squirrels eat some of the buds off over the winter. In the fall it puts on a glorious coat of brilliant, golden yellow before shedding its leaves and exposing it's gnarled and interesting structure.
The 'Queen' currently is in full bloom and makes a statement no other plants in the garden do.