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Texture in the Garden

Color often plays a starring role in garden design, but texture is equally important. Texture refers to the way that the surface of an object can look or feel, and is often described as coarse, medium, or fine. By mixing textures in the garden, you can make the scene much more interesting. Coarse textured plants will attract attention and fine textured plants are often used for background planting. Putting a spiky, coarse-textured plant like an agave next to one with fine texture of feathery foliage will create a strong contrast. And it works for more than just plants; a smooth wood chair will look great against a brick patio.

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