hardscape retaining wall with softscape planting and new grass

Hardscapes and Softscapes

Have you heard of the terms hardscapes and softscapes?

Wondering what they mean and how do they pertain to your yard and landscaping project? 

Let us clear the air for you!

What is a Hardscape?

The term hardscape is used to describe the solid, hard elements that typically remain in place for many years. They provide structure and foundation to the yard.

Examples of Hardscaping Materials:

  • Paving stones
  • Natural stones
  • Wood

These materials are used to create the hardscaping features in the space. The hardscape portion of landscape are more technical to build and install correctly. Some of the structural components may even need permits. Hiring a professional will make sure that it is done properly.

Examples of Hardscape Features:

  • Patios and Walkways
  • Retaining Walls
  • Driveways
  • Pergolas and Privacy Screens
  • Decks
  • Fences & Gates
  • Outdoor Kitchens, Firepits

What is a Softscape?

Softscapes refer to the horticultural elements, the living, dynamic part of the yard. These elements can change over time and are a non-structural part of the landscape.

Examples of different types of Softscapes:

  • Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
  • Perennial and Annual Flowers
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Mulch Beds
  • Artificial turf
  • Grass

The softscape provides balance and softness to the rigid hardscape. Paving stones and wood create strong lines and using vegetation is a great way to warm up the space.

Hardscapes and softscapes are both essential elements in landscaping with the ideal landscape design combing both. Hardscaping is normally built and installed before the softscaping is put it. The softscaping is the final touch that brings the project together. Both elements should complement each other to provide a balanced feeling in the space.

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