This characteristic refers to the overall appearance of a leafy plant, not to the feel of it. Perennials are commonly grouped as coarse, medium or fine textured. Create spatial illusions by using different textures. Plants with coarse textures appear closer than they really are, while those with fine textures recede into the distance. Examples are: coarse texture—berge-nia, hollyhock, Oriental poppy; medium texture— astilbe, iris, rudbeck-ia; fine texture— 'Silver Mound' artemisia, baby's breath, lavender.

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