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

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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 But the rather grim hardscape of Hart Plaza, the lack of seating and other amenities, and changing tastes mean Hart Plaza is busy during special events but otherwise awesomely empty. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit needs to put stretch of Jefferson underground for more walkable downtown," 27 July 2019 The brick was donated by Belgard, an outdoor hardscapes company, and its representative Nolan Sayles. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc is getting a yellow brick road to celebrate the 80th anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz'," 23 July 2019 Use fire-resistant plants (no plants are fireproof) and rock, or other hardscape, around the home. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t let your landscaping become a fire risk," 7 June 2019 Considering its relentless hardscapes, green isn’t a color typically associated with DTLA. Matt Jaffe, SFChronicle.com, "Green travel in (gasp!) Los Angeles is easier than you think," 19 June 2018 Sowell and Plasters also crafted hardscapes and raised herb gardens, which play into the aesthetics while also providing valuable resources for Carolyn's culinary endeavors. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "Take a peek into an English-inspired Homewood garden," 20 Apr. 2018 The polish of the hardscape contrasts with the relative wildness of the plants. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Manhattan’s High Line park offers lessons for SF greenbelts," 15 June 2018 Wide open hardscape unshielded from the sun, spaces designed to prevent people from sitting down. Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "LOVE Park reopens after renovations," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of hardscape

1972, in the meaning defined above

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