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.
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.