EXAMPLE: FLOWERS AND TEXTURE
The petals of most tulips have a soft, smooth appearance. Others, such as parrot tulips and fringed tulips, have petals with jagged edges and irregular surfaces. Adding plants with contrasting textures makes any planting more visually exciting.
EXAMPLE: FOLIAGE AND TEXTURE
Perennials offer many opportunities to create wonderful texture combinations. In a shady garden, you can pair the glossy leaves of hostas with with lacy-leaved ferns and the velvety foliage of pulmonaria and lady's mantle.
EXAMPLE: SHAPE AND TEXTURE
The overall shape of a plant also adds texture to your garden. The spreading branches of a small tree will create an interesting contrast with a tightly clipped boxwood hedge and the silky foliage of ornamental grasses.