The texture of your garden is part of its poetry. If you begin your design process thinking about what feeling you are trying to evoke, the texture of your plants and other materials is an important part of the vision.
In this garden, which Martin named “A Place to Fall in Love,” he wanted a soft, inviting feel to the landscape. The colors are important, but so are the softly rounded shapes to the earth, and the soft textures of the plants.
This house, in contrast, is a modern, glass/steel/concrete structure with a totally different aesthetic. Marpa created a garden that establishes that feeling from the very beginning of the entry way, with gravel mulch, a single central mound, and a metal sculpture. This texture sets the tone for the entire home.
You can play with texture in the garden, to attract the eye and engage the senses.
Here, we’ve alternated stripes of ground cover with blue glass pebbles, setting the soft against the harsh in an intriguing way that brings a very modern feel to the garden as well as a sense of play.