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Texture is the coarseness or fineness of the plant and should be one of the first design considerations when placing plants in a landscape. It can also be created by rough or smooth looking surfaces, thin or thick leaf set, or by darkness or lightness. As a rule, plants with fine textures should be used in greater numbers, and plants with coarse textures should be used in fewer numbers.

Textured Plants

Plan view of plant textures:

Plan view of Plant Textures
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