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Texture, Pattern, & Rhythm

Let's face it, color in the garden comes and goes. While it's arguably the most dynamic design element, it's not the most reliable. Many trees, shrubs and perennials make a bold showing for a few weeks each summer, and we spend the rest of the year staring at their branches and leaves. That's where one of my favorite garden design principles comes into play. Texture, pattern and rhythm helps us create flower borders and container plantings that are compelling even without blooms or color.

Here are some images to help explain what I mean.