Be Seduced by Texture for Garden Design

Color's sly sibling, texture invites us to experience a garden sensually, through touch as well as look. Review the basic types of texture, then combine them for effect.

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Types of Texture

Textures appeal to multiple sensory experiences at once. You can often tell what something is going to feel like just by looking at it, but there may be more surprises in store as you explore. Certain forms and surfaces invite touch the visual and physical effect is heightened when there is great textural contrast.

This pool garden - with its reflective water and complementary pebble pathway - shows how different textures can create satisfying patterns, even when a muted color palette is used.

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