hard·​scape | \ ˈhärd-ˌskāp How to pronounce hardscape (audio) \

Definition of hardscape

: structures (such as fountains, benches, or gazebos) that are incorporated into a landscape — compare softscape

Examples of hardscape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The program may be used to pay some of the costs of a conversion from lawn grass to drought-tolerant groundcover or hardscape. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to shade- and drought-tolerant groundcovers to replace your San Antonio lawn grass," 14 May 2020 The stone flooring was repurposed from the flagstone hardscape around the former pool. al, "This pavilion is the ideal spot for an Alabama lake day," 14 Apr. 2020 Manicured, lush gardens offer seasonal color, a stone hardscape and a fountain, making for a tranquil oasis for relaxing or entertaining. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Colonial home boasts modern touches, history in River Oaks," 4 Apr. 2020 Rather than hardscape, the garden designers created pathways of delicate gravels and small pebbles that can be walked on barefoot. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Feng Shui Brings Harmony to a Colorado Garden," 3 Mar. 2020 One man wanted the voluntary hardscape language removed because insurance companies might say homeowners had not complied with all local fire-safety recommendations. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Despite wildfires, some homeowners resist efforts to cut vegetation," 23 Nov. 2019 Bands of Sweetwater sandstone lend subtle definition to the hardscape in each zone. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "A Santa Monica backyard is remade for outdoor entertaining," 22 Aug. 2019 The Newport Beach Arts Commission wants to put the figure in a location more appropriate for getting a closer look, with a hardscape under its granite base, easier access to walking paths and better lighting. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport’s Ronald Reagan statue could be on the move — again," 14 June 2019 At the same time, the more than half-acre (.59-acre) property was improved with new landscape, hardscape and a 48-panel solar system that includes an additional solar thermal feed that results in ultra-efficient radiant heating on the lower level. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Energy-efficient Berkeley contemporary with bay and city views," 6 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hardscape.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hardscape

1972, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hardscape

Time Traveler for hardscape

Time Traveler

The first known use of hardscape was in 1972

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hardscape

Cite this Entry

“Hardscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardscape. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

Comments on hardscape

What made you want to look up hardscape? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!