A garden consists of many elements such as form, color, sound, texture, and fragrance. When designing a garden, texture refers to the quality of plant surface. It can also include other features of the garden landscape such as boulders, wrought iron, concrete pedestals, fine gravel, and flagstone walks. Plant textures are diverse, ranging from fine and delicate to bold and coarse.
Reaching that Harmonious Balance
Plant texture consists of varied other elements in addition to the feel of foliage. It can vary with a change in shadow, or a play of light, and even with watching distance. Excess use of plants with bold leaves can leave one overwhelmed, while increased use of fine texture will produce a fuzzy blur. You can achieve a nice balance by combining two-thirds of bold and coarse with one-third of fine texture.
An Impressive Array
Listed below are some varieties of plants which will help add different kinds of texture to your garden.
- Coreopsis: It will add fine texture to your garden design. It has thread-like leaves which seem very inviting. Such finely textured foliage is particularly beautiful to look at from up close. However, when viewed from a distance, it can create a fuzzy ambiance. Other plants with fine foliage include Baby’s Breath, Cosmos, Asters, Amsonia, and Boltonia. They even bear gorgeous flowers.
- Hosta: It will add bold texture to your garden design. A garden border can gain prominence with the use of broad leaf plants. Hosta offers a cheap and easy way to add bold texture to your garden. You can add a second tier of texture by selecting a puckered variety. Other bold textured plants include Colocasia, Petasites, Arum, Darmera, and Ligularia.
- Yucca: It is a hardy plant which will add coarse spikes to your garden design. It has spiky, sword-like leaves which will compliment a group of delicate, fuzzy foliage. You can also try Phormium, Aloe, Agave, Iris.
- Grasses: The soft spiked grasses not only provide texture, but movement as well. You can use them as accents and specimens, or in masses.
- Sedum: Sedums and other broad-leaved, smooth plants like Aptenia, Kalanchoe, and Euphorbia add an even texture to your garden design. The beautiful foliage almost appears as if it were polished or waxed.
- Eryngium and Echinops: These thistle-like plants add a spiny texture and are a prominent feature in most gardens. Most thistles do not look beautiful in a garden. However, the vibrant flowers of Sea Holly and Globe thistle are indeed eye-catching. You can also choose cactus or cardoons.