Designers contrast plant textures for appealing combinations. They play coarse against fine and then repeat the play of textures using different plants. When skillfully combined with nicely-partnered colors, textures are a key element in what makes plantings work well. A tropical Philodendron with leaves 6 feet across is said to have a coarse texture. A tiny-leaved thyme plant, on the other hand, has a fine texture.
This rule of texture also applies to hardscape. For instance, sometimes a surface made of large tiles looks great in a small space because the texture is unexpected and it makes the area seem roomier than it is. The texture of paving, walls, woodwork, and other man-made elements contributes greatly to the overall effect of the landscape.
You can use texture to create a sense of depth by placing finer textures in the background, or you can create drama by purposefully placing a coarse-textured plant in an unexpected location.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.