Textural Tangent

|(L plate/clockwise L to R) Colocasia esculents 'Black Magic', Muhlenbergia dumosa, Livistona chinensis (R plate/Top to Bottom) Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'|

|(L plate/clockwise L to R) Colocasia esculents 'Black Magic', Muhlenbergia dumosa, Livistona chinensis (R plate/Top to Bottom) Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'|

Textures are a spice that everyone should think about when crafting a style.  They can give your style a three dimensional look. To me texture is all about the appearance or feel of a surface.  Using plants, containers, or furnishings as a textural element can really make an indoor or outdoor space come alive!  In this case I'm featuring plants and the degree of textural temperament they posses in the foliage they display.  In one case I love the play of 3 different textures...the broad mysterious leaf of the Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' otherwise referred to as Black Taro, the fine yet soft spray-like foliage of Muhlenbergia dumosa or Bamboo Muhly Grass, and the animated pleats of the Livistona chinensis or Chinese Fountain Palm.  This entire combination creates a luxuriously relaxed resort vibe.  On the flip side, the color play of the regally royal purple broad-leaf  Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart' and the slender chartreuse striped blades of  Hakonechloa macro 'Aureola' or Japanese Forest Grass create an amazingly opulent textural display.  The message here...play with your plants, mix and match until you feel you've made a connection so chic, so sophisticated, that anyone seeing them would stop in their tracks to bath in their beauty!