Softscape and Hardscape Landscaping: What’s the Difference?

Two common categories of landscaping are softscape and hardscape landscaping.

If you have questions about either one – you’ve come to the right place! Here at Buddy’s Services LLC, not only are we are experts on the topic, but we continue to deliver real-life results, providing softscape and hardscape landscaping services to Brunswick and Horry County, North Carolina. Learn more about our service area here.

What are Softscape and Hardscape 

Their respective names are telling of what they are – beginning with softscape landscaping, which refers to working with … well … soft items – such as:

  • Plants
  • Succulents
  • Shrubbery
  • Trees

On the other hand, hardscape landscaping refers to the establishment harder materials, like:

  • Stone
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Wood

While hardscape landscaping does generally refer to such natural materials, it is not necessarily limited to them. Manmade structures can also be categorized as hardscapes:

  • Walkways
  • Fountains
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Driveways
  • Decks

How They Work Together

Softscape and Hardscape are the two essential building blocks of landscaping.

To create an ideal landscape for your home, most homeowners will agree that it’s important to balance both softscape and hardscape the best that you can.

What exactly does this mean?

Let’s say if too much focus is placed on hardscape, for example, your home will boast plenty of hard items (a polished driveway, an outdoor kitchen, etc. but will lack the flare and comfort provided by softscape (plants, trees, shrubbery, etc).

Vice-versa – if too much emphasis is placed on softscape, your home may lack the practicality that is offered by hardscape (walkways, driveways, decks, etc.)

Thus, for a balanced and well-rounded home that is both attractive and eye-catching, homeowners should consider maintaining a healthy balance between the two. Guests and visitors will be awestruck by the appearance of your home’s landscaping job!

The Benefits of Both

Beginning with softscape – what yard would look complete without plants, trees, or shrubbery? There is no doubt that natural landscaping will add some glow to the surrounding area of your home.

Hardscape takes a step back from the serenity of nature and instead establishes a stern and practical approach to your landscape.

If your home is in need of landscaping services – either softscape or hardscape – reach out to our team of professionals here at Buddy’s Services LLC. Call us today at (843) 593-6715 for more information. Visit the gallery of our past work here.