Definition of hardscape in US English:



  • The man-made features used in landscape architecture, e.g. paths or walls, as contrasted with vegetation.

    as mass noun ‘hardscape can take any manner of structure’
    count noun ‘the gardens include lush seaside landscapes and stunning hardscapes’
    • ‘Design and construction professionals call the nonliving components of any landscape the hardscape.’
    • ‘Clark added flower beds between the flagstone paving and the covered dining area, softening the hardscape and making a room divider.’
    • ‘Think about mixing climbers in perennial or annual beds, over hardscapes and trellises or even up into trees (an old English favorite, often over crabapples)’
    • ‘To brighten entries and soften hardscapes such as patios and poolsides, the women fill pots and bowls with annuals twice a year: in October for fall through spring color, and in May for summer color.’
    • ‘‘That's especially valuable in small gardens, where the proportion of hardscape to planting areas is always greater,’ Clark says.’