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. Any form of hard elements incorporated in the garden landscape are examples of hardscape structures, such as 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. Hardscaping can also be used by landscape architects to augment the visual aesthetics of the garden by balancing it with texture, proportion, and symmetry.
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. Walkways are hardscape structures that have a number of practical benefits: a sense of landscape order by connecting the other areas of home and garden segments together; a means of avoiding dirt and grass to walk through the garden; and when yard work is a form of exercise for the homeowner, there is a decrease of the mowing activity, as well as decrease the cost of maintenance, as some portions have been paved by walkways. 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. 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.