hard·​scape ˈhärd-ˌskāp How to pronounce hardscape (audio)
: 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 combination evokes a more nostalgic vibe creating a nice tension between the hardscape and the softer, more textural plantings. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 California native plants, hardscape additions and meandering paths provide a perfect backdrop for Skelly’s exterior works. Jessica Ritz, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 By replacing a lawn with low-maintenance landscaping options such as native plants, ground covers, or hardscape features, homeowners can reduce the time and effort spent on yard maintenance. Kobi Bardugo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024 The latest incarnation added requirements to include a stormwater feature, mulch around plants and permeable hardscapes, as well as other changes. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 While the landscape and hardscape teams are pulling together those plans, start browsing for furniture and other accent pieces. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 Less stress the hard way Patios, pergolas, retaining walls, decks, walkways, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and other non-plant landscape elements are referred to as hardscape. Dan Vierria, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 DeSantis spoke in front of a screen flashing sponsors’ names: a concrete-pipe association, a hardscape company, a sand-and-gravel concern. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2024 Accessorize with Pavers and Pottery One should never be afraid to experiment with additional texture and hardscapes—especially those permeable to rain. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardscape was in 1972

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“Hardscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardscape. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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