"Hardscaping" is a term that refers to all of the inanimate elements of landscaping. This can be especially applied to any masonry work or woodwork. Hardscaping is one of the two major subcategories of landscaping, the other being softscaping. If you've guessed the meaning of the second one by a contrast, than you know what we're talking about now!
Usually, when an exterior design team gets a new project, it gets divided into these two default parts - which separates the scope of softscaping works from the "hardscaping."
"But what about other outdoors accents such as ceramic pots, garden gnomes, and, yes, those tacky pink flamingos?" To be precise about the terminology here, all these are examples of inanimate elements, but which are all part of the landscaping.
However, the term "hardscape" is typically reserved for structures or for that are used to build structures.
Hard Water? Yes, Even some Water related Features can be labeled a Hardscaping elements.
While this terminology may be somewhat counter-intuitive, be mindful that even water features placed in your yard count as hardscape. These structures take on a variety of forms, both with and without fountains. The fountains that are included in the category are:
In small yards, the pool portion of these water features often consists of a rigid-plastic liner (that is, a pre-formed liner). On larger properties, a nice alternative is the flexible liner made from rubber (those composed of synthetic rubber are more durable). With flexible liners, you can shape your pond according to your own design aspirations.
An interesting fact - cultivating plants in and around a water feature, such as a fountain is a way to converge a hardscape with a softscape. A small pound surrounded by some tress can serve as a great example of such a marriage of landscaping and hardscaping