Landscape Design: Foliage For Contrast, Texture, Impact

August 26th 2014
Four Seasons

Form and Texture in the Landscape

Your designer may use terms like “form” and “texture” concerning your new landscape design. These terms are often used in the art world, but what have they to do with improving the look of your landscape? If you think of your yard as your canvas, your designer’s understanding of these concepts will determine the beauty of the resulting picture.

We incorporate flowering perennials and annuals to achieve the desired color schemes. Still, when it comes to form and texture, we design with other plant materials, such as ornamental grasses, trees, and shrubs with interesting branching patterns and foliage. Some plants have leaves of a single color; others are variegated with stripes or spots. Leaves may be soft, round, straight, spiky, big, medium, or small.

The result is your own living masterpiece.

Designers pay attention to the leaves and growth habits of plants

The new gardener is often so obsessed with the flowers of plants that they are blinded to the importance of foliage. Designers pay attention to the leaves and growth habits of plants. Flowers may come and go as the growing season continues, but foliage remains vibrant nearly nonstop. Leaf texture and branching habits offer a display throughout the growing season. And evergreen plants are put on a show that lasts the whole year.

So, when your designer talks about foliage plants, understand that they are valued more for the leaves than their flowers. She will use them with other foliage plants and use the juxtaposition to excite the eye with striking contrasts. The result is your own living masterpiece.