The Difference between Hardscape and Softscape

by | Jan 23, 2014 | Landscaping, Market News, Portfolio

There are two main components in landscape design. These two parts are Softscape and Hardscape. Hardscape are design elements that are solid and unchanging as the years go by. Softscape are elements that are fluid and changing as they mature. The ideal landscape is a balance of both hardscape and softscape.

Hardscape refers to the solid, hard elements in landscape design that stay the same for years. Some examples of hardscape are rocks, walkways, retaining walls, paver patios, outdoor kitchens, water features, decks and driveways.

Softscape is unlike hardscaping in that it doesn’t have that long-term or permanent quality. It is the living animated part of a landscape. Softscape comprises the other elements such as soil, plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, vegetables, vines, turf and color schemes.

So now that you know about the two most important features of landscaping, let Pahl’s Landscape Department helps you create the yard of your dreams with the right balance of hardscapes and softscapes. Contact us today to learn more about our Landscaping Services!



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1 Comment

  1. Vicky Durrant

    My husband and I are going to be doing some landscaping in our yard over the summer, so I’m happy that I found your post! I really liked how you talked about the differences between hardscape and softscape. Before reading your post, I had no idea that hardscape refers to the elements that will remain unchanged over the years, while softscape are the things in our yard that aren’t permanent. As we start designing our new yard, I’ll make sure that we balance both the hardscape and softscape for our home! Thank you for the information!


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