There is an endless flow of creativity in carving a beautifully unique garden outlook, but basically an ideal one is a combination of hard scape, which comprises the use of stones and rocks and structures, such as patios, gates, and driveways, while softscape uses the conventional picture of gardens which has trees, plants, flowers, and choice of color schemes in plants and flowers. The term “hard landscape” was traditionally called by garden practitioners, that incorporated landscape architecture and garden design, and which is now being referred to as hardscape. Anything that are hard structures in the garden landscape are examples of hardscape samples, like rock formations, walkways, retaining walls, paver patios, elements of water features, decks, outdoor kitchens, and driveways. In many instances, the rock walls that have been created can serve as the backbone of a garden, which can actually define the design as a beautiful transition of having an outdoor room where the homeowners can host their guests into a fun-filled barbecue party.
Basically, hardscapes are used by garden practitioners to put the element of functionality for homeowners to have their recreational activities while they simmer in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. What most landscape architects incorporate when they have hardscaping in mind is to enhance visual interest in the existing garden using texture, proportion, and symmetry, creating a perfect balance of hardscaping and softscaping.
Hardscaping can also provide other benefits in a garden set-up, like it lessens soil erosions especially on sloppy areas or uneven soil, it add the property value, it doesn’t need so much maintenance, it allows accessibility for the homeowners for more recreational activities, and it reduces the need for water to maintain the landscape. Hardscape walkways have their benefits to which homeowners will be definitely happy, such as providing a connecting access to the other areas in the garden and main home; dirt and grass can be avoided with walkways; and a decrease of cost maintenance as the mowing area is reduced with a walkway structure, including the effort invested in maintaining the grass which is tremendously reduced with a walkway structure. Patios are a special niche in the garden to enjoy the beauty of the garden while relaxing either alone or with family or friends, spending time together. Since driveways are essential needs of every home, the way it can be paved by hardscaping can be also a source of beauty using natural stones. Rock walls or stone walls that are built to surround the home property provide a sense of privacy and security, as well as beauty, while small walls that act as dividers can be used in patio designs to augment beauty within the landscape design.