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  • Add texture to your garden

3 Ways Carson Arthur Adds Texture to his Garden Designs

Texture is not only pleasing to the eye; it can evoke an emotional response to your outdoor space. Here’s how the HGTV host creates texture in the garden.

Putting texture into the garden is one of my favourite parts of designing an outdoor space because texture creates a lot of emotional responses. Texture naturally invites you to touch with lots of visual and tactile cues. With man-made objects, I love using patio stones, pea gravel or even heavily grained woods in combinations so that the different shapes play off each other. This combination of textures makes the space more visually appealing. Plants are even easier to create opposing textures by mixing wide and thin leaves.

When combining textures there are really three basic groups.

1. Coarse. This category contains very tactile items—things like course wood, large patio stones, even big leafed plants like rhubarb or Rodgersia. When working with coarse textures, consider putting them in areas where they won’t be unintentionally touched. No one needs a sliver from a rough-hewn arbour post. 

2. Medium. I think of medium textures as the transition items in a garden. Neither rough nor smooth, materials such as concrete act as the connectors in your space. The eye tends to pass over them moving between the two extremes. 

3. Fine. Grasses are by far the best example of a fine texture in a garden. Fine textures can also be found in lacy ferns, wire trellises, even in twining vines. These textures are the counterpoint to the coarse textures.