Texture and Shape as Design Elements in the Landscape

There are so many subtle elements that make a landscape beautiful.  Two of the ones that I pay particular attention to is texture and shape.  What do I mean by that?  Some leaves are fuzzy, some are shiny, some are dull, some are delicate looking, some are evergreen and very thick and look like they could withstand the winter.  There are many elements of design that create a beautiful landscape but if you pay attention to how you put the textures and shapes together, it will make the difference between a landscape that doesn’t quite measure up to your critique eye but yet you can’t quite put your finger on why.  It could very well be that!  When I am designing, I am thinking of the texture of the leaf as well as its shape.  You also need to pay attention to the shape and the texture of the flower.  If you put different varieties of plants with shiny leaves together, it doesn’t look right.  You want to put something delicate next to something heavy, something shiny like a holly next to something dull like a taxus.  A round leaf next to a grasses leaf or a needle, an evergreen next to a deciduous shrub or perennial.  If the leaves are large, they need to be balanced with needles, grasses, or smaller

Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc., Allentown, PA, Lehigh County, Landscape with texture and form, how to create a beautiful landscape, design elemenets used to create a landscape
Two very important elements of design are texture and form. Landscapes that are beautiful were designed by someone who paid attention to texture and form.

different shaped leaves around them.

Those are some of the subtle differences in designing that create beautiful spaces.  Go out into your landscape and look at it with a critical eye and see if the suggestions I made could help you landscape be all that it can be.


Mulching 101

What kind of mulch should I use?  Facts about dyed mulch.

What kind of mulch to use, how much should I use, do I need mulch, how much mulch should I put on my plants?
Did you know that all dyed mulches and many other mulches are made out of grinding up wood pallets that may have had chemical spills or harmful products on them.  Tree stumps are also common in mulches.  Only bark mulch is the highest quality and will prevent you from getting artillery fungus all over your mulch.  Spores from the fungus will fly to shiny objects like cars, siding, or anything close by.  It is very difficult to remove from objects even though they are tiny dots, there are hundreds of them.   Artillery fungus does not adhere to bark.  Typically bark mulches are not as evenly ground as mulches that use other wood products but they are much better for your plants and our environment.  Think about all of the dye that is washing off every time it rains into the soil and then the water table where we all get our water to drink!  Think about all the people using dyed mulch because it does keep its color longer.  That is a lot of pollution.