When talking about hostas, we have three
texture categories; Coarse, Moderate and Fine. This is another
"subjective" grouping since it is a judgment call as to what
differentiates a larger-sized, moderate texture plant from being
classified as a coarse textured one.
In discussing the texture of plants, there are
two factors that come into play. Probably the more important one
from a design standpoint is visual texture. Larger, broader leaves
and/or those with a surface that is not flat i.e. corrugated,
rippled, etc. would lean toward being classified as coarse textured.
Smaller, narrower leaves with smooth, shiny surfaces will generally
give a fine textured appearance. Foliage in between these two
extremes would be considered moderate textured.
The other type of texture is called tactile
texture which relates to how something feels to the touch. Surfaces
that are smooth and soft to the touch would be fine textured while
those that are rough and hard are coarse.