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What is hardscape?

Hardscape refers to the hard landscape elements in any landscape projects , especially any masonry work or woodwork , It is also considered one  of the two major sub-categories of landscaping

Hardscape elements  include paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, gazebos , pergolas, stairs and walkways any other landscaping made up of hard wearing materials such as wood, stone, concrete etc.

Also from an urban planning designer perspective, Hardscape can include most water features such asfountains and even small pools that is because these elements require a barrier to retain the water, instead of letting it drain into the surrounding soil.

When thinking about how to far to go with your hardscape project, it’s wise to strike a good balance between the amount of hardscape and the amount of softscape

So , let’s see what are the main hardscape elements for any projects ,


  • Stone retaining walls
  • Concrete patios
  • Brick patios
  • Flagstone patios
  • Tile patios
  • Stone walkways
  • Gravel paths
  • Stone landscape steps
  • Wrought-iron fence
  •  Wooden fences
  • Wooden decks
  •  Wooden arbors
  • Wooden gazebos
  • Masonry and/or wooden pergolas


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