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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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 Plants thrive in the various microclimates and hardscape features filter and absorb water. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Which helps explain how version 2.0 of JFK Plaza, commonly known as Love Park, ended up as a pancake-flat expanse of lawn and hardscape. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Love Park was supposed to be the People's Park. How did it end up as a granite Sahara?," 26 Apr. 2018 The Neiswenders gathered a group of outdoor enthusiasts to help them bring their vision to life: landscape architect Charles Sowell, Aaron Plasters for installation and hardscapes, and Bill Aroosian of Habitation Home for exterior designs. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "Take a peek into an English-inspired Homewood garden," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hardscape

1972, in the meaning defined above

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