Textur-ing

Texture can come in all sizes, and go in all directions whether it's vertical or horizontal. It can be found in plants (shapes and forms that are spikey, soft, buttons, plumes), furniture,  and  surfaces. Texture adds visual interest an warmth to landscapes and gardens, which is what your eye registers and is drawn to. So whether you are thinking of purchasing a packet of seeds or something more substantial, texture is an important component to consider for your outdoor space.

Here are 9 unusually awesome materials to think of for your garden, if i do say so myself:

P_Wall By Matsys Design: Ok this is the coolest thing to come by my desk this week. It's a panel installation of concrete re-inforced composite panels that look soft but are hard as well, concrete. Sculptural, and beyond gorgeous, they provide what is actually a vertical landscape, or kidneys cape, or a lot of faces depending on what drug you are on. Seriously, I love them.

P_Wall By Matsys Design: Ok this is the coolest thing to come by my desk this week. It's a panel installation of concrete re-inforced composite panels that look soft but are hard as well, concrete. Sculptural, and beyond gorgeous, they provide what is actually a vertical landscape, or kidneys cape, or a lot of faces depending on what drug you are on. Seriously, I love them.

Pea Gravel can be a great source of warmth and texture, and it is eco friendly because it drains, and it is inexpensive too.

Pea Gravel can be a great source of warmth and texture, and it is eco friendly because it drains, and it is inexpensive too.

River stones are a beautiful hard but soft texture, great for hiding things on the ground if you have an area that is uneven or unattractive that you want to hide. also great for drainage. Their appeal is both aesthetic and practical.

River stones are a beautiful hard but soft texture, great for hiding things on the ground if you have an area that is uneven or unattractive that you want to hide. also great for drainage. Their appeal is both aesthetic and practical.

Willow Panels: The Willow Farm is located about 1 hour south of San Francisco, and there they make an incredible assortment of panels from willow trees in all different styles of weave, with curly willows, rustic willows, and different framing techniques. They also make panels for shade, which allow a dappled light to come through and are good should you require a shady spot in a protected part of your garden. They say "good fences make good neighbors" , which could not be more true of this kind of fence...it's warm and natural ,and fits into an outdoor context well.

Willow Panels: The Willow Farm is located about 1 hour south of San Francisco, and there they make an incredible assortment of panels from willow trees in all different styles of weave, with curly willows, rustic willows, and different framing techniques. They also make panels for shade, which allow a dappled light to come through and are good should you require a shady spot in a protected part of your garden. They say "good fences make good neighbors" , which could not be more true of this kind of fence...it's warm and natural ,and fits into an outdoor context well.

Flower Box Vertical Gardens  are actually making green walls 'green', meaning using less energy and resources by using preserved plants instead of ones that require tons of water, maintenance and money.

Flower Box Vertical Gardens  are actually making green walls 'green', meaning using less energy and resources by using preserved plants instead of ones that require tons of water, maintenance and money.

Matthias Pleissing's Pinch Bench is divine. Clearly inspired by ability as a boat builder, this is art -functioning- as- bench.

Matthias Pleissing's Pinch Bench is divine. Clearly inspired by ability as a boat builder, this is art -functioning- as- bench.

I have become slightly obsessed with Seslaria (Autumn MoorGrass) because it is an evergreen perennial grass that is solid, tough, enduring and needs very little to keep it going. It can deal with sun or shade and acid soil no problem. Goes from bright green  to silvery to golden over a season. It grows in clumps plant larger areas with it otherwise it can look too skimpy.

I have become slightly obsessed with Seslaria (Autumn MoorGrass) because it is an evergreen perennial grass that is solid, tough, enduring and needs very little to keep it going. It can deal with sun or shade and acid soil no problem. Goes from bright green  to silvery to golden over a season. It grows in clumps plant larger areas with it otherwise it can look too skimpy.

Mark Thomann, a contributor on Landstylist, says I like Pennisetum too much. I'll try not to read into that statement, and just say that it really is one of the most gorgeous grasses out there, period.