Foliage patterns and textures are ever fascinating. If you have never looked at some of the amazing web pages devoted to Fractals found in nature, I highly recommend you fall down the rabbit hole and go look at some, you will be mesmerized. Here is a great link to start your journey.
When you think about it, those are the tip of the leafy iceberg when it comes to falling in love with the amazing patterns, arrangements, and configurations that you can discover in the stunning realm of foliage when you really take the time to look.
The subtle and sumptuous succulent above would still be gorgeous even if it never bloomed. The patterning begs you to step in to take a much closer look to appreciate the exquisite quilting of elements that mother nature dreams up.
Today I was enamored with the shapes that were cornered, spiked, arrow-like or elongated, and finger-like. Sometimes the variegations and colors play a role and other times the fascination is pure with how a single color works with the leaf shape.
Fractals and spikes
‘Trompenberg’ Japanese Maple
As you spend some lazy days with a cool drink hanging around in the garden in the dog days of summer, stop and take a long, slow gander at the shapes and coloration of certain plants as they team up in pairs and trios. Are you noticing stripes, polka dots, contrasting veins, a woven pattern, or a framework of colors together that you may not have noticed before?
Agave ‘Shiro No Ito’
What patterns of foliage textures and shapes draw YOU in for a closer look? Tell us about it and join the conversation with Fine Foliage!