When it comes to choosing plants. texture is often overlooked. Characteristics such as color and scent are popular as they are two of the showiest aspects. However, contrasting textures can be a very subtle way to add more interest to your landscape. Here are a few suggestions if you are looking to add more texture to your landscaping.
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1 – Fine Foliage in the Foreground:
Finely textured plants can be a little harder to see. The key is to place them closer to the front where they can be admired, and even touched. Soft plants inherently make you want to reach out and touch them. Plants such as grasses and ferns tend to blow in the wind more as well adding movement to the garden. Keep these types of plants in the foreground, and place plants with larger leaves or coarser textures behind them. This will make them visually “pop” more in the landscape.
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2 – Soften Things Up:
Some plants are bold and become a focal point all on their own. If you feel that your your landscaping is looking a little “heavy” then consider adding some plants with a fine texture. Fine textured plants can lighten up a space by adding a more natural, free flowing element to a planting. You can add plants with finer foliage texture such as perennials or soft evergreens, or you can add texture with flowers. Some flowers are big and bold, while others such as Astible offer a feathery look.
3 – Don’t Overlook Hardscaping:
The ground plane is another area where you can add some finer textures. Consider he difference in appearance between a concrete patio vs. a pea gravel patio. The smaller stones will create a softer look than hard concrete. Considering pavers? Paving slabs are physically and visually larger and “heavier” at first glance. Smaller pavers can add more texture to a space. Balance is important here to keep things from looking to busy. If you have a finely textured planting the larger pavers will add visual weight and make the space feel more balanced. If you have a bolder planting a finely textured walkway is a nice contrast.