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Hardscaping: Why is it Necessary in a Landscape Design?

Photo of a PergolaHOW MANY TIMES have you found yourself looking into your garden, appreciating your well arranged foliage and flower beds, yet still feel that the overall design of your landscape just doesn’t feel right? The combination of greens and blooms are gorgeous, but somehow you know that something is lacking and it is starting to make you feel frustrated with your own efforts. But, have you ever considered that the missing piece in your landscape might be hardscaping?

Any landscape design, be it intended for a small garden or a spacious yard, always benefits from the addition of hardscapes and no outdoor space would be complete without them. Hardscapes, as their name suggests, are hard structures such as fences, pavers, pergolas, arbors, planters, a grouping of stones and even a single piece of sculpture. When put together along with plants they easily complete the overall appearance of a landscape. In short, hardscaping is a necessity in any outdoor space and there’s a lot of good reason why it’s worth incorporating in your landscape design.

Improves the aesthetics of an outdoor space by creating a visual balance

A garden that lacks some form of structural element is also missing balance. When the eyes is only drawn toward the foliage and blooms in a particular space, with no solid element to rest upon, the whole area becomes dull. The greens and flowers will only please you for a fleeting moment, but after a while the space just becomes uninteresting because of the imbalance.

This is in contrast to a garden that is composed of a combination of softscape and hardscapes. The elements refreshes the entire spaces and allows the eyes to rest in a focal point after looking at a fairly dense planting. Simply put, the addition of hardscapes create harmony and balance, which in turn lend the whole garden a new and improved appearance that is pleasing to the eyes.

Helps define an area

Hardscaping can also carve out the space you need within your garden or yard. For instance, the addition of an arbor will provide you a place to rest amidst the lush greens and can also help separate two garden rooms. On the other hand, building a gate will help mark a point of entry from one area within the garden to another.

Creates privacy

Another great benefit that can be derived from incorporating hardscapes in your landscape design is that there are some kinds of hardscape elements that can help establish the privacy that you need. Lattices, wooden gates or doors, tall stacks of stones can be used to make an airy hangout or a quiet nook that is secluded from the other parts of the house.

Provides permanence

By now you are probably aware that a garden that is only made up of foliage and flowers has the tendency to lose its appeal overtime. With the integration of hardscapes in your landscape design, they can help your garden to endure a wide variety of conditions and still contribute to the aesthetic quality of the entire space. Say, for instance, if many of your plants are deciduous, they will lose leaves come winter time, which in turn will make a large part of your landscape looking empty. However, with the right hardscapes in place, they can easily outlive the vegetation growing around them, which in turn creates a sense of permanence for onlookers.