Viewing post #178358 by Pixydish
|I get him all the way into the ground so he looks like he is standing on the ground. I think that's the way he is supposed to be displayed. Since you have a background of dark green, how about doing some smaller shrubby perennials or actual small shrubs that have a brighter, chartreuse green as their color? That would give the background some depth and the color would make him stand out more. There is a butterfly bush called 'Evil ways', put out by Cistus nursery, that has chartreuse leaves and magenta flowers. That would look nice. Along with that there is a cape fuschsia that has the same colorings. I cannot remember the name of it just now. It would be a nice combination with the butterfly bush. Then you might add some dwarf golden barberry shrubs. I have some that never get more than about 18" high. I love them. No pruning and they offer beautiful color and form all year (except winter).
If you want to underplant him and stick with the same color scheme, Sedum 'Angelina' would be a good choice. No muss or fuss, stays low to the ground. It can take some partial shade but does need sun. I take it this location gets at least several hours of sun? If it's too shady these plants won't do as well, except for the barberry which seems to do fine.
Overall, I'd stick with a bright color scheme with just a couple of colors and not a lot of variegated leaves. That way the plants remain a backdrop.