Landscaping 101: Hardscaping vs. Softscaping

Softscaping and Hardscaping are common terms used by landscapers but not everyone knows what they mean! You need both and we’ll explain why. In our continued effort to arm you with the knowledge and tools to get the best out of your yard and landscaping company, we define softscaping and hardscaping below…

What Is Softscaping?

Trees, flowers, shrubs, and plants are Softscaping and they are the natural parts of your landscaping. Without enough plant life your landscaping efforts will look hollow and void of design.

What Is Hardscaping?

Think of Hardscaping as the structure that gives your landscaping design structure.  Without features like retaining walls, pavers, rocks and other hardscaping the yard will fell disorganized in the same way that a lack of softscaping will make your yard feel empty.

Combining Softscaping and Hardscaping Into Your Landscape Design

Since Hardscaping is the structure of your design, place that first. Then dress up, complement, and beautify your Hardscapes with Softscapes. The trick is to figure out what plants feel natural to you in your yard.

Outer Image can create and maintain an affordable landscape design that gives your company or home the impression of excellence and elegance to all who visit.

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Examples of Nice Hardscape and Softscape Combinations…