Hardscaping is a new home and garden trend that creates beautiful and serene outdoor landscaping that is perfect for relaxing or entertaining friends. To create a hardscape that is both visually pleasing and structurally sound, keep these tips in mind:
Do Look at the Big Picture
Successful landscaping should incorporate new and existing elements into an integrated design. Create a master plan that includes all of the available space, even if the project is going to be completed in stages.
Don’t Remove all Existing Landscaping
Use plants, trees and flowers to complement and enhance architectural elements. Add new plantings to highlight the hardscape while retaining grassy open spaces to add visual interest and create safe places for children to play.
Do Include Interesting Elements
Boulders, water features, outdoor kitchens and built-in seating add flair to hardscapes. Mix up the look with colorful stone or aged timber.
Don’t Go Overboard
Busy, crowded or over-built hardscapes rob yards and gardens of their natural serenity. Remember that less is sometimes more and plan accordingly. Try to create balance between structural features and negative space.
Do Consult an Expert
Hire a landscape architect or hardscape designer who is knowledgeable about the local climate and growing conditions. Professional advice is especially important in areas with prominent hillsides or other unstable geological features.
Don’t Forget to Tie the Look Together
The most inviting hardscapes will never feel forced. Strive to create a harmonious look that flows seamlessly to unite the home and garden.