The right regional plants shine when combinations feature contrasting leaf textures. These plantings feature yellow twig dogwood shrubs in the center, surrounded by thin-leaved plants, including daylily, variegated sedge and lavender. Blue junipers interject a pretty evergreen hue.
Since the architect wanted to create a modern Palladian design with the home, MESA set out to create landscaping that would complement the timeless look. Drawing from both modern and traditional landscaping architecture, they design an outdoor space that showcases crisp geometric lines with textured native plantings.
Incorporate cut evergreens, sticks, logs and gourds in containers among plantings of cabbage, kale, pansies and other traditional fall plants to add texture and height to an outdoor container arrangement.
Designers wanted to create an oasis in this backyard, so they imported a palm tree from Miami for a tropical, summer feel. Then, the planting beds were layered with tons of texture and color to complement the outdoor space.
Ox Eye daisies provide a soft texture and vibrant white flower against a garden with strong stone features. The use of native plants in the large planting beds help to create separation amongst the architectural features of the garden.
The negative-edge pool of this Dallas, Tex., home seamlessly blends into its natural surroundings. Clean geometric lines define the hardscaping, while native plantings soften the space and add texture. Reflecting spheres bring a contemporary note to the space.
The recommended mulch depth is 3-4 inches for medium to coarse textured materials, says experts with The Morton Arboretum. Spread mulch under trees, shrubs and throughout planting beds, as seen at this home, handcrafted by OakBridge Timber Framing, on a 5-acre lot on the shores of Lake Erie, Ohio.
Using a wide assortment of container plantings, comfortable patio furniture and architectural features to enhance this small space, K&D Landscape Management created a lovely outdoor grilling area and garden for city homeowners. Color, texture and a potpourri of plants produce a lovely, inviting and serene design.
The planting scheme for this Colorado garden was inspired by the native plants of the area, lending a formal botanic garden feel to the landscape. Purple lavender and yellow yarrow complement each other amongst the verdant shrubbery, with an abundant range of textures adding additional visual interest.
Surrounded by beautiful trees and plantings, this home combines southwestern and modern styles to create a welcoming home that fits perfectly into natures. Stacked stone walls provide privacy as well as texture to the exterior, and bright green front doors are a bold burst of color to the home.
Don’t let the feminine name of this hosta fool you. ‘June’ hosta is no wimpy girl — she’s one perennial that tough-as-nails. The thick leaves are rugose, which means they’re wrinkled and puckered. You can count on Hosta ‘June’ to add strong texture to any planting. The combination of thicker leaves with a rugose texture makes the plant slug resistant.
A native plant, meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium) adds height and fine textured beauty to plantings. ‘Black Stockings’ sweetens any scene with black stems that contrast prettily with blue-green leaves and lavender blooms. Meadow rue flowers in mid- to late summer and makes a good streamside or back-of-the-border plant. Blossoms beckon hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants grow 48 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Ornamental grasses are stars of the fall landscape. Their height, texture and movement add interest that extends well beyond fall into winter. Take note of grasses that catch your eye this fall. Look for examples at botanic gardens or nurseries with display gardens. If you’re unsure if a grass’s height fits in your landscape, use a tall stake or tomato cage to represent the grass in planting beds. That three-dimensional stand-in can help you visualize how a grass would look.