Using texture to shape your garden’s personality
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Just like any other space in your house, your garden not only reflects your style, it also has its own personality. But sometimes, it’s in need of a refresh, and there’s plenty that you can do using layers and textures to boost the garden’s charm.
Defining texture in nature
The trick when it comes to gardens is layering different textures and colours to create a sense of space and depth. The beautiful thing about texture is that it encourages people to get involved with the garden, whether it’s you planting or maintaining it or visitors simply having a look and feel. Having different textures represented makes people want to investigate, it makes people want to feel the different layers and consistencies.
While implementing colour in your garden is one way to spruce it up, layering different kinds of plants, ferns and grass can also do wonders. Texture doesn’t stop at the flora. You can also use landscaping and outdoor furniture to create your garden’s own unique personality.
In any well-designed area, a number of factors will be taken into account. First, colour is crucial as it has the power to bring a garden to life and add a sense of dimension. Things like warm colours playing off cool colours should be taken into account, as will the decision to use a contrasting or complementary colour scheme.
Second, the lines of the area will be considered. What edges are around? This can include fences or pathways. And how can these edges either be softened or enhanced by the surrounding elements?
The final design element that will be taken into consideration is scale. How big is the space you are working with and what kind of textures can you apply to suit the particular setting?
There are several ways you can use different plants to boost your garden’s personality. One way is to combine contrasting and complementary plants. For example, position wide-leafed plants next to smaller-leafed ones or waxy textures next to leafy ferns. You can also combine blooming flowers with foliage spikes.
The wonderful thing about using flowers is that when they’re in bloom, the colours add to the appeal, and when not in bloom, the buds are still a contrasting texture to what is around it. Depending on the season, there are ampleopportunities to use flora to shape a garden’s personality.
Another way to use plants in your garden is to prune them in a way that produces interesting designs. Use well-groomed hedges contrasted against blooming bushes or trees, or consider pruning your hedges into different shapes.
Using different flowers in the same area is also a lovely way to evoke intrigue. Pair different flower shapes, sizes and colours; it can even create the effect of a beautiful bouquet. Additionally, you can also pair different shaped varieties and sizes, for example, low-growing plants next to tall ones. This creates a sense of height and depth to the garden, giving the illusion of space.
When it comes to landscaping, there are a number of different textures that can be used, whether it’s incorporating stone and brick into flowerbeds or pavers and pebbles into pathways.
The great thing about pathways is that there are a number of different materials you can use and even within the individual materials, there are a number of different ways they can be presented.
Cobblestones are the perfect example as there are many different design options from granite to limestone or even antique stones. Plus, they come in a variety of colours and shapes giving you the opportunity to design different patterns depending on the personality you want to create.
You can also use avariety of textures on things like flowerbeds and borders, creating another layer to your garden. Or, if you’re not keen to pop a whole path or garden bed into your space, consider using landscaping as a focal point, for example, on a retaining wall or a water fountain.
Furniture and extras
A final way to add texture to your area is to introduce some furniture. Importantly, furniture doesn’t just mean tables, chairs and couches, it can also include some intriguing pots (filled with plants, stones or water) or outdoor elements such as kitchens and fireplaces. This is especially important if your garden is going to be a space where you entertain a lot.
Of course, a comfortable table set and some lounges are a great way to add that little bit of luxury. Remember though, everything you purchase needs to suit the size of the space that you have. There’s no point getting oversized furniture and fixtures if you don’t have enough space to then move around the garden.
Find your style
Finding your style and implementing it into your garden is a highly subjective and individualised undertaking. If there’s a particular piece of furniture or a particular plant that you absolutely love, that can be the perfect starting point. Just remember to keep it consistent.
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