Texture in container garden design
Texture... you think about it with fabric…but have you thought about it with plants? Plant leaves come in a million different sizes and shapes. Grasses, asparagus fern and cacti among others have spiky leaves. There are smooth and shiny leaves on a croton, ruffled leaves of a cabbage or kale and furry leaves on dusty miller. Broad leaves on a sweet potato vine plant and small leaves on moneywort. Truly, the options are endless. In order to have balance with the plants in the container, I always try to have a mixture of at least 3 different leaf textures. Plant texture is just one of those things most people don’t pay attention to, but when you get it right, wow!
Check out the 4 textures in the picture above. The palm fronds are long and thin, the ferns are delicate, the impatiens have mid-sized leaves, the purple sweet potato vine has large leaves and the wire vine leaves are tiny. Lots going on in this planter for sure!