There are two main components in landscape design. These two parts are Softscape and Hardscape. Hardscape are design elements that are solid and unchanging as the years go by. Softscape are elements that are fluid and changing as they mature. The ideal landscape is a balance of both hardscape and softscape.
Hardscape refers to the solid, hard elements in landscape design that stay the same for years. Some examples of hardscape are rocks, walkways, retaining walls, paver patios, outdoor kitchens, water features, decks and driveways.
Softscape is unlike hardscaping in that it doesn’t have that long-term or permanent quality. It is the living animated part of a landscape. Softscape comprises the other elements such as soil, plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, vegetables, vines, turf and color schemes.
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