Textures- A Study In Contrasts

When designing a beautiful garden there is so much that goes into the process. A very significant part of choosing plants is considering their textures. Getting the correct balance of corse and fine texture adds interest and excitement to the space. To much fine texture and the garden feels messy to me, but at the other extreme, too much bold, coarse texture seems to be overpowering and boring at the same time.

Mixing textures is an art.

There is no perfect formula. As a designer, I visit public and private gardens with an eye to analyse what I experience that catches my attention. It is usually much more than just pretty flowers! Don’t get me wrong a beautiful blossom is very attractive to me, it just goes deeper than that. How the plants play off of each other. The subtle variation of shades of green, the different textures of leaves, the combination of fall color and the mix of evergreen plants with deciduous, all play a part in completing the whole picture.

Over the years I have found that a simple pallet is usually the most effective, but then once in a while I strike up an arrangement of plants whose combination of color and texture really delights me.

About the Author

Anna Smth

Terre Verte Landscape Design began in 2003 while Master Gardener Anna Smith was the staff horticulturist for Kern Counties only botanical garden, Mourning Cloak Ranch. Read More

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