How to Soften Your Hardscape

A beautiful landscape typically has a balance of hardscape and softscape elements. Hardscape is the non-living, hard portions of your landscape, like bricks, concrete and stone. Softscape represents the soft things that grow within your landscape, such as trees, grass and bushes. The following is a closer look at how to soften your hardscape to create an appealing design.

How do you Soften Hardscape?

Softening your hardscape can be more complicated than it sounds, especially if you’re not sure what materials to use. That is why it’s always best to work with a professional. If you are looking for some design ideas and inspiration to soften you hardscape, consider the following:

  • Use Plants: By strategically placing plants and small bushes around your hardscape, you can make your hardscape and landscape as a whole appear much softer. When designing an outdoor space, it is much more cost-effective to have a square patio or pool installed. The edges can appear harsh, but incorporating bushes into your design can soften the corners of your hardscape elements.
  • Non-Plant Elements: A lesser considered method of softening your hardscape is by using non-living objects. Decorative elements such as chairs, pots and benches, can work wonders in terms of softening your hardscape. This is also a simple way to add your personality and design taste into your landscape, like incorporating seating in a rounded formation with colorful or patterned pillows. It provides functionality so you can see all of your friends and family while helping to balance the aesthetics of the space.
  • Plant Trees: Lastly, although this may be one of the most time-consuming methods of softening your hardscape, planting trees is an excellent idea for anyone looking to spruce up their landscape. Your landscaping company will help you decide which trees work best by the positioning of your home and any zoning policies. 

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The Bottom Line

If you are looking to soften your landscape design, there are plenty of options for doing so. By adding plants, planting trees, or by using non-living items like benches and chairs, you can create your dream landscape design. No matter which design elements you love, be sure that you consult a professional to execute your dream space. Working with a landscaping company like Sponzilli is especially important if your plan includes features like a retaining wall, patio, spa or pool, to ensure all of those projects are up to all applicable codes. Contact us today at 973-244-1410.