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What’s the Distinction Between Landscape and Hardscape?

hardscaping CharlestonWhat’s the Distinction Between Landscape and Hardscape?

People have asked me what is the difference in landscape design and hardscape? What are some examples of hardscape? Do all landscape companies do both hardscaping and landscaping?

Hardscape– What Does That Mean?

Hardscaping is a term that is usually utilized by most people to explain anything used in an outside space style that is made from natural products, but not living materials such as trees, shrubs or other plants and turfs. “Hardscape” can consist of a large number of things. Concrete walkways, stone paths or drives, retaining walls, patios and wood decks are a couple of examples. Hardscape is also often used for surface area drainage options, french drains are an example of this.

Generally it’s going to be any type of concrete or masonry items whether it be materials like stone, pavers, concrete patios or pool decks, or natural rock.


Most people are more acquainted with the term “Landscape” or “Landscaping”. These terms would refer to all your softer living materials. Plants, grass or sod lawns, and organic ground covering materials of numerous types can be considered Charleston landscaping.

Landscaping and Hardscaping and How They Collaborate

Even though the majority of hardscape is more utilitarian or serves a particular function, your design ought to use them together to accent and complement each other.

You typically want to mix hardscape and landscape together. It helps to bring out the attributes and the charm of the plant materials used and offer the yard and landscaping some shape and variety of texture, with more of a 3 dimensional appearance.

Depending on each individual situation, we can easily find ways to utilize them together or individually while developing the most practical outdoor spaces possible.

Trust the Experts

If you wish to have a terrific looking lawn and healthy landscaping, trust the specialists at Porter Hayes Landscaping for masonry and custom-made stone retaining walls,  stone steps and edging, patios and pool decks and yard drainage system style and installation in Charleston South Carolina. We offer design and setup services for all of landscape construction and sprinkler irrigation systems, in addition to controller repair work or replacement and sprinkler head repair or replacement.

Examples of Hardscape

  • Outdoor Kitchens and Fireplaces
  • Swimming pool decks
  • Walkways and Driveway
  • Patio pavers
  • Retain Walls and stone hedging
  • Irrigation and Sprinkler Systems

Talk to us today about your requirements. We know the best ways to design and install great hardscape and landscape installations throughout the Charleston area for your specific home’s finest appearance.

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
Charleston, SC 29419
(843) 532-3270

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
2170 Bees Ferry Rd #3 Charleston SC 29419