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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Soft, felted-leaved plants are irresistible to the touch, as are fluffy seedheads and grass-like stems. Non-pliable solid surfaces can be matte or gloss: cast metal, stone and concrete walling, flint, granite pavers and terrazzo pots.

This wooden walkway, circular terrace and snaking wall are perfectly opposed by luxurious plantings of hostas, irises, grasses and marginals.

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