Mixing textures of the plants in your garden can create an interesting and pleasant view in landscape design.

Flowers and leaves, and even the bark of trees and trunks of palms, all have texture that work together and play off each other. Using a variety of textures in your garden makes each plant a star in its own right, as it complements and contrasts with the plantings around it. It creates a unique and spectacular spectrum with synchronization of colors.

There are three broad categories of plant textures: coarse, medium and fine. In design, a progression from fine to medium to coarse has a natural flow. For instance, if you have a “stairstep” of shrubbery around a tree or in front of the house, it’s advantageous to use fine-textured plants in front, medium in the middle and coarse in the back. This transition draws the onlooker’s eye up to the object (house, tree, etc.).

You should attempt using texture to create a focal point. If you want to draw attention to a particular plant as a focal point, use plants around it with opposite texture. For instance, frangipani (plumeria) having large leaves with coarse texture can easily be mixed with fine-leafed Muhly grass or mini-leaf copper plant. pop.

Textures variations will make a garden more eye-catching. It avoids your garden becoming a boring landscape. Some plants offer more than one texture. The large fuzzy leaves of leaves of tibouchina grandifolia contrast nicely with its spikes of little purple flowers. Medium-textured Indian Hawthorne is covered with fine white flowers in spring. The bumpy gray trunk of the pygmy date palm shows off the palm’s feathery fronds.

Texture should be intelligently used to balance your garden design and in landscape design.It takes more fine-textured plants to balance out against fewer coarsely textured ones. For example, a grouping of white fountain grass on one side would balance a single hibiscus standard on the other.

A plant’s texture can change. False aralia, with deep gray-green fine leaves when young, is one plant that morphs into a striking, larger-leafed specimen when it matures. Golden pothos, with medium texture as a houseplant or ground cover, can climb a tree and then grow leaves so amazingly big you’ll find it hard to believe it’s the same plant.

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