What Is Hardscaping and Softscaping?


Hardscape and softscape are two distinct forms of landscaping. Both are equally important in terms of property beautification, and finding the right balance between the two is the key to a stunning yard.


This refers to all hard landscaping elements, such as brick, stone, slate, concrete, flagstone, and terrazzo materials. These are all used to construct retaining walls, patios, walkways, decks, stairs, water features, and outdoor fire pits, among other things. Hardscape landscaping is put into place to create boundaries, direct rainwater flow, and provide space for grilling and other activities.


This refers to the incorporation of the “living” part of a landscape. This includes trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, vines, hedges, and turf. These can be less permanent than hardscape. Softscaping can frequently change when you add a new plant or remove dead trees. Softscape elements are often arranged in conjunction with hardscape designs.

The best landscaping combines both hardscape and softscape elements. The two should complement each other and create a nice balance.