What is meant by hardscaping?

The term hard landscape refers to all non-living elements of landscaping, such as a brick patio, a stone wall, or a wooden tree. It is one of the two main subcategories of landscaping, the other being soft landscape. Softscape includes all the living and organic elements of a garden or lawn, such as trees, flowers and grass. Hardscape revolves around brick and mortar.

Roofs, pools, berms, patios, pergolas and driveways use hard gardening materials. Often, the soft landscape exists in or around a harsh landscape. Flowers, plants, and other materials can shape the overall design of a harsh landscape. Simply put, the harsh landscape is any of the non-living elements in your landscape design.

As the name suggests, these are the toughest design elements in your space, such as concrete, rocks, bricks, cobblestones, stone and wood.


also includes man-made structures, such as roofs, pergolas, or patio covers, that are specifically used in your gardening.