How important is Texture? Texture can be more pleasing than flowers, and persist longer. In smaller gardens where every design element is seen up close, it is of particular importance.
Here the bold glossy leaves of Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) stand in a mass of delicate Maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris).
Plants used for background need to be fine, dense and matt in order to be a suitable foil for either statuary or flowers. Above St. Fiacre against a matt evergreen Arborvitae (Thuja plicata). On either side the coarse, shining leaves of Gardenia (Gardenia japonica) and Banana Shrub (Michelia figo), reflect too much light to be an effective background.
Contrasting textures apply not only to plant relationships.
The best effects are achieved with simplicity. Texture = contrast = beauty.
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