Hardscapes are a fundamental component to any strong landscape design. This includes the rocks, the walkways, the fountains and any other non-living attribute to a garden, yard or entryway. Hardscapes help give the garden structure, and because they are non-living, they are also non-changing. This means that despite the weather and season, a hardscape will maintain its shape and provide boundaries and organization to the entire landscaping project.
This is an attractive option to many homeowners and property managers because of the minimal maintenance that is required with the upkeep of a hardscape design. Rather than re-planting, watering and pruning, hardscape features may require occasional washing or sweeping. Hardscapes are typically designed with practicality in mind, as well, and will often feature a place for a visitor to sit or a walkway that will guide guests through the landscaped area.