A hard landscape is a design that is built with natural and artificial materials, not living ones. Hardscape includes landscape details such as stone or concrete walkways, roofs, retaining walls, patios, flower pots and other garden designs that use stone, wood, sand, pebbles, brick, metal and other similar materials. 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.
Hard landscaping also includes man-made structures, such as decks, pergolas, or patio covers, that are specifically used in your gardening.