Your Canvas Gazebo may need some enhancing. By incorporating plants with various textures, next to your canvas gazebo or canopy gazebo, you can add a new dimension to your yard and garden design by choosing interesting and varying plant textures. This seem to to is a particularly under-rated aspect of plants.
Yet looking for it often reaps rewards, especially if you study leaves which are just unfurling in spring, when the pleating and quilting that is characteristic of some foliage is at its most marked. Although some plant textures stand out in all surroundings, particularly if they are glossy and catch the light, generally how much we appreciate the texture of foliage depends upon how close we are to the plant.
Plants with fine textures are most easily appreciated when they are situated at the front of the border or in an intimate setting. Here they can be an accompaniment to those flowers that also demand closer attention. Soft light, or at least situations where light does not strike the plants full on, is particularly important for the full appreciation of texture.
In addition, plants from shady or moist environments are more likely to have leaves with an interesting texture-notably ferns. You will find that using many textures next to garden structures such as a canvas gazebo, a canopy gazebo, or even a garden bench seat, that it will lead your eye to them so that they stand out as a focal point. These plants can make it seems like a garden oasis if you choose your plants carefully.
Let me point out a few plants that have textures that are drastically different from each other.
Potentilla peduncularis-is remarkable how close examination of plants reveals beauties that are not normally appreciated. This is especially true of young foliage. The hairy leaves of some potentillas are especially attractive as they unfurl.
Hosta ‘Blue Angel’-the color and texture of hosta leaves varies greatly from hybrid to hybrid. Those like ‘blue Angel’ that have pleated leaves are especially attractive, the veining creating a feeling of quality-luxuriance almost. Tightly wrapped hosta leaves open to pleats and finally expand into large heart shapes, with a quilted appearance. They need cool moist places and are easily damaged by slugs.
Helianthus grosseserratus- Many perennials have deeply textured leaves so that each species has a subtly distinct appearance,even when it is not in flower. Like most of the perennial sunflowers, this variety has big yellow flowers and loves fun sun.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Punktchen’- Anything with ‘linear’ leaves creates a contrast with surrounding perennials. This ornamental grass has an unusual banding on the leaves which creates a strong impression of visual texture, even from far away. Full sun is important for miscanthus to be successful, otherwise they are tolerant plants.
Heuchera micrantha var.diversifolia ‘Palace Purple’-The heucheras are noted for a special attribute, where the coloring of some of the leaves deepens the effect of their texture. The clump-forming habit of dark-leaved heucheras make them useful plants to dot among others for continuity. They require sunny spots or those with only light shade.
Veratrum nigrum-has some of the most extravaganty pleated foliage of all perennials. It emerges from the shoot which has thrust itself up through the soil.
Rodgersia podophylla ‘Saarbrucken’-Rodgersias have some of the most dramatically textured of all garden leaves, with deep ridges and furrows enhancing their distinct coloring and large size. They only develop their full glory in moist places, and do not mind light shade. They also need plenty of horizontal space.
Be sure to check out all of the different types of plant textures that are available. They will add so much to your yard or garden. I have various textured plants next to my canvas gazebo and they are so pretty.