A blend of medium and fine textures, achieved using such plants as salvia, pittosporum, coreopsis, and allium.

“Put simply, texture is the surface quality of an object. Most often, texture in the garden is experienced visually. Variation in light, shadow and color on smooth and unsmooth surfaces generates gradations of texture.”

In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, garden designer Janine Anderson continues our illustrated series on garden design by explaining a key element: texture. She defines garden texture, describes the different categories of texture (fine, medium, bold), and explains the visual and tactile effects of contrasting textures in the garden.

As with our other articles in the series, Janine uses lots of sumptuous photos of garden beds to show garden texture in action.