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The 5 Basic Elements of Planting

The 5 Basic Elements of Planting

When planning a garden, it’s important to understand the five basic elements of planting. These include the color, shape, form, line, and texture of a plant. The right combination of these can make an impact on the overall feel of the landscape.

Color can be used to draw attention to an area, suggest an emotion, or to create a focal point. It can also be used to create a sense of depth in a planting. Warm colors can create a feeling of warmth while cool colors can create a feeling of coolness.

Line can be used to emphasize an area or to create a feeling of movement. Vertical and curvilinear lines are based on the height and plan of the landscape. Other types of lines can be implied or actual.

Texture is a subtle element in landscape design. Plants differ in texture between twigs, leaves, bark, and flowers. Some plants have a fine texture, which gives them a soft and airy habit. Others have a bold texture, which can be grounding and can pair with other textures.

Water plays an important role in many aspects of a plant’s growth. It is the medium for transport of sugars from photosynthesis to all the growing regions of a plant.

In addition to water, plants require the presence of several chemical elements. The most essential of these are calcium and magnesium. Other essential plant elements include nitrogen, sulfur, and potassium.

In order to grow, plants must have the right balance of all of the elements. Water, in particular, is essential. However, too much water can cause a problem for a plant.

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