There are many elements that go into designing a garden – color, form, sound, fragrance, even the texture of the plants. Plant textures run the gamut from delicate and fine to coarse and bold. Plant texture can change with the play of light and shadow and even with viewing distance. Up close, feathery foliage looks airy and makes you want to reach out and run your hands along it. At a distance, a large mass of fine texture looks like a fuzzy blur. A nice balance can usually be achieved by blending about 1/3 fine texture with 2/3s coarse and bold. Luckily, there are many plant choices. Here are seven plants to use for a cool texture in your garden: Hosta (bold), Coreopsis (fine), Lamb’s Ear (fuzzy), grasses (soft spikes), Yucca (coarse spikes), Echinops & Eryngium (spiny), Sedum (smooth).