HARDSCAPING VS. SOFTSCAPING
The two most basic components of any landscape are the hardscape and the softscape. Softscape refers to all the living elements of the design, such as trees, grass, shrubs and flowers. These are the plants, and will likely fall under the care of a gardener or lawn care expert.
No landscape would be complete without these items, but they also don’t comprise a landscape all by themselves. If all you have are plants, you have a beautiful yard. To take a yard and truly elevate it to the level of a landscape, you’ll need a little hardscaping.
Hardscaping is a term that covers all the non-living elements of a landscape. This includes things like stone steps, garden benches, fire pits, fountains and much more. By blending these various elements tastefully in and around the softscaping, you’ll create a beautiful and polished landscape.