tex·ture [teks-cher], noun
the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface
Now that the weather has evened out it is time to fill in empty spots in your planting beds. Before you rush to the local nursery to pick up the typical flats of Impatiens and Marigolds, consider an alternative way to approach your garden this season. Texture is a commonly overlooked element of design in the landscape. Most people gravitate towards pops of bright color and showy flowers, but texture can provide just as much interest while providing for a more elegant and restrained feel in the garden.
The first picture is the view outside my apartment window. The power lines certainly detract from the overall picture but I could spend hours admiring the leaf textures found in this natural hedgerow. There are a variety of trees including Pines, Sassafras, Maples, and Locusts. This shows that while a landscape can be monochromatic, it certainly doesn’t lack in interest. Click for an enlarged image to truly admire the variety!
Plants such as iris can be used to provide vertical lines in the garden and break up a low planting bed . Grasses provide a soft feel while tropical plants like Elephant Ear or Canna provide bold visual exclamations with their structural habits. Use plants with finer textures to fill in all the little empty spaces in the garden. Creeping Jenny or Creeping Fig have delicate leaves which provide a good contrast in texture to many cultivated garden plants.
Article and photography by lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design.