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DryStreamBedContrasting textures complement and bring out the best in each other.

Texture in a landscape design plan comes from two sources:

  • Plant life
  • Building materials

Plant Life

Lawns, ground cover, trees and their bark, shrubs, mulch, flowers and the foliage of flowering plants all are sources of texture in the garden.

We’ve created several gardens that have no flowers and rely solely on the texture of foliage for their beauty.

And don’t forget about the interest that texture can create for your winter garden. This is when frost and ice can punctuate the qualities of bark, twigs, ferns and grasses.

Often the textures of plants will remind you of places you’ve visited and loved. Small, thin and spiked foliage remind me of the North Woods where I spent summers as a child amongst pines, ferns, birch trees and tall lake grasses.

Whereas, thick leathery foliage textures of cacti and succulents will conjure up pictures of desert scenes.

Building Materials

Stone, wood, brick, shingles, iron, cement, stucco are a few of the sources of texture that come from static sources.

We love to use the delicate textures of grasses and plants with lacy leaves to contrast with the rough solid texture of stone in our designs.

Like color, texture can be used to make a space seem larger or smaller.

 Hazel-rightHome Garden Tip: Install rough textured plants, like rhododendron, at a distance and fine textured ones such as a small leafed holly in the foreground to make a space look smaller. Fine textured plants planted at a distance and rough textured in the foreground make a space look larger.

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