In order to put the best form of landscape designs to a large piece of garden land, it is usually preferable to combine both hardscape, which refers to the use of stones, rocks, and structures, like patios, gates, and driveways, and softscape, which comprises the elements of soil, trees, plants, flowers, and choice of color schemes. Hardscape is actually short for “hard landscape” which was conventionally described by garden practitioners as a garden design that incorporates landscape architecture. Examples of hardscape structures are rock formations, walkways, retaining walls, paver patios, elements of water features, decks, outdoor kitchens, and driveways. Creating rock walls in the garden landscape can be considered hardscape surfaces where the homeowner can put up an outdoor space for his guests in a cook out party such as a barbecue, fun-filled get-together.
Hardscapes provide the right functionality in the garden, allowing homeowners to conduct recreational activities while providing the beautiful ambience of the surrounding landscape. Landscape architects use hardscaping as a way to enhance visual interest into the garden by putting texture and, at the same time, creating proportion and symmetry within the scope of the garden.
There are other benefits that can be gained from hardscaping and these are: reduces lessens soil erosions especially on sloppy areas or uneven soil, increases the property value, doesn’t require so much maintenance, provides homeowners for more accessibility to conduct other recreational activities, and 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. The beneficial gain of a patio is providing an outdoor place for the homeowner to spend time enjoying the beauty of the garden either alone or with family members or with friends. 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. Stone walls are also hardscape structures that add up value to the home property, as well as provide security and privacy if they are walled surrounding the home and they can also be used as patio dividers to put some added sense of aesthetics to the creative landscape design.