Shade should call attention to itself, and this can best be done with foliage. I love chartreuse and I love variegation, both of which seem to whisper, "Hey, you! Come on over here. I want to show you something up close."
|Against a deep green yew, Chartreuse and variegated green and cream beg a closer look.|
|The closer look: Brunnera 'Hadspen Cream' in foreground with Dicentra 'Gold Heart'.|
Up close is where I'm drawn when I see colors like those on several cultivars of Geum in my garden. Examples of the Cocktail series by Intrinsic Perennials, includes 'Alabama Slammer', 'Tequila Sunrise', 'Mai Tai', and 'Cosmopolitan'. From a distance or at a glance, they all might look similar. But these plants are great at their job - brightening up the lower levels and rewarding close inspection with bright, watercolor blends on each tiny petal.
|Geum 'Tequila Sunrise'|
|Geum 'Alabama Slammer'|
|Geum 'Mai Tai'|