Seeing Texture in the Garden

I have to admit that with coming off the latest issue of Leaf and needing to pull together this post for the GDRT within the same 24 hour period….I’m a little overwhelmed. So instead of stressing about it too much, I decided to use the opportunity to re-connect with my own garden.
seeing texture in the garden
Thankfully, connecting with not only my garden, but any garden, involves a slow walk that gives time to notice even the tiniest things.

seeing texture in the garden

With this months theme of ‘texture’ in mind I started having fun snapping shots. I purposely tried to find details that can often go unnoticed and some of the images got a little abstract. Can you tell what everything is? Some are easy, but some, I think, might be a bit more tricky — Answers at the bottom.

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achillea flower top garden textures from studio 'g' garden june 25 2012

These images remind me of when my children were little and the tiniest detail of something could become the most fascinating thing. Regardless of whether we consciously take the time to notice small details and the textures of life around us, I think their richness does have an impact on us.

Images — top to bottom: Dill Weed Flowers, shasta daisy flowers (going off and fallen over), studio ‘g’ picnic table, milkweed, cotinus coggygria, pea gravel, new england fieldstone, siding and trim, birch tree, ipe deck with pine needles (wet), achillea flower top, aspen leaf with glassy water drop, tomato stems, garden lights, umbrella pine.

Take some time to talk about texture with some of my GDRT cohorts:

Thomas Rainer : Grounded Design : Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In The Garden : Los Altos, CA

Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN

Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI

David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM

Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA

Andrew Keys : Garden Smackdown : Boston, MA

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Thomas Rainer on June 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    What wonderful moody and atmospheric images. Very artsy.

  2. Jaime on June 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    who knew dill weed flowers were so beautiful!

  3. Christina Salwitz on June 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    What Thomas said! I loved your take on this topic.

  4. Rebecca Sweet on June 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Ditto what Thomas said. Fun to try and guess! My favorite? The yellow yarrow.

  5. Desert Dweller / David C. on June 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Taking time to see your own garden adds dimension to so much beyond designing or other creative efforts. I even recognized a few of those plants, including a favorite – smoke tree!

  6. Deborah Silver on June 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Dear Rochelle, very moody indeed. But what I come away with most strongly is the need to take the time to see. Who knows what the mechanism is that switches off my “auto-looking” and switches on my “seeing”. Thanks for this, Deborah

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