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Three Steps to a Perfect Garden Design: Color, Form and Texture

Three Steps to a Perfect Garden Design: Color, Form and Texture

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It’s easy to understand why color is important to garden design. But if you want a truly gorgeous landscape, use form and texture, too. Form is the shape of the plant. Some plants have a tall, upright form. Others have a rounded form or a weeping form. Texture means the overall look created by the size, shape, and surface of the plant. For example, many grasses have a fine texture. Violas are medium textured, and tulips have a coarse texture. The best garden designs use all three plant elements—color, form, and texture—to create a harmonious look.

Varying form: the grassy plant is upright; the other two (Scaevola ande Begonia) are rounded and spreading.

Varying form: the grassy plant is upright; the other two (Scaevola and Begonia) are rounded and spreading.

 

Varying texture: the tulip leaves are coarsely textured – big and bold. The yellow box honeysuckle plant has finely textured leaves, and the viola is medium.

Varying texture: the tulip leaves are coarsely textured – big and bold. The yellow box honeysuckle plant has finely textured leaves, and the viola is medium.

 

Don’t just rely on color and expect your garden to “pop.” This garden design has lots of color, but the forms are all the same, with just a few grasses on the edge. The textures are also very similar—in the medium range. Despite using six different plants, it’s a ho-hum design.

Don’t just rely on color and expect your garden to “pop.” This garden design has lots of color, but the forms are all the same, with just a few grasses on the edge. The textures are also very similar—in the medium range. Despite using six different plants, it’s a ho-hum design.

 

 

 

Wow! This garden design has only 4 colors (blue, pink, yellow, and black), but it makes a much bigger statement by using varied forms and textures.

Wow! This garden design has only 4 colors (blue, pink, yellow, and black), but it makes a much bigger statement by using varied forms and textures.

 

This close-up shows a professional-looking garden with only three plants and two colors. The big leaves have a coarse texture, and the two smaller plants have a fine texture. Notice that the upright form balances the rounded and spreading plants.

This close-up shows a professional-looking garden with only three plants and two colors. The big leaves have a coarse texture, and the two smaller plants have a fine texture. Notice that the upright form balances the rounded and spreading plants.

Short on garden space? This article from the University of Georgia’s Extension Office has great ideas for container gardening using color, form, and texture. Want to get way down in the weeds? Check out this information from the University of Florida.

Remember: combining form, color, and texture can be tricky. You have to think about what each plant will look like through all seasons. For professional advice on getting just the right balance in your garden design in Georgia, call Suzanne at Art of Stone. She will help you achieve the look you want.

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  1. Great post on Color, Form and Texture! The ideas are very well illustrated with “do’s and don’ts” photos. Thanks for helping inspire me to think about my perfect garden design!

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