Landscapes can be considered as two basic types: hard and soft. They are combined to create the overall look, and the balance and interplay of two should be carefully considered when designing. The hardscape is the surfaces and features that are built in like patios, pools, and structures. The soft side is the natural environment like plants, lawn, garden beds, and ground cover. When considering how to combine the two one should think about the longevity of the landscape, the space allotted, and the budget. Both components can work with each other to create an aesthetically pleasing arrangement that is also functional.
- Harscapes are typically used when building more durable exterior features such as outdoor kitchens, pools, and fire pits.
- Home improvements that utilize softscaping include smaller upgrades that enhance curb appeal such as weeding and gardening.
- If your region experiences a large amount of adverse weather, hardscapes are typically the way to go due to heightened longevity.
“Many commercial clients will almost always opt for a balance between hardscapes and softscapes because of these factors, and the enhanced appeal of the two different types of features together.”