hardscape

noun
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 Fusion Landscape Design focused on structured bedlines, dimensional hardscape and borrowed views from an adjacent city park to highlight a 1940s brick house in Northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021 Leider likes to plant trees, but his forte has been in putting together the hardscape, including fences, arbors and raised vegetables beds, as well as an elaborate bee hotel. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The lush rear garden with stone hardscape, a fire pit, lawn area and outdoor kitchen is perfect for spending time with family and friends. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 22 June 2021 For example, critics of the project say the introduction of more hardscape to the area could cause drainage problems in what is one of the neighborhood’s worst flood plains. Zachary Small, Curbed, 1 July 2021 Still, many homeowners opt to replace grass with low-water plants, ground covers or hardscape environments made of concrete, brick, pebbles or sand. oregonlive, 28 June 2021 Where there were acres of hardscape, hot and dusty in summer, cold and windy in winter, there will be a true city park where people actually want to spend time. Regina Cole, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Both design concepts extend paved, hardscape surfaces right up to the water's edge. Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 Landscaping within the circle will be completed when the hardscape work is finished. cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hardscape

1972, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2021

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“Hardscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardscape. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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