A Few Hardscape Ideas for Cincinnati Ohio

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What is hardscape? The definition of hardscape is “the nonliving or man-made fixtures of a planned outdoor area”. So in a sense, hardscape is anything manmade such as walls, patios, landscape beds and other landscape features. Hardscape is very important for landscapes today becuase it can bring together an entire yard.

1. Stimulate your hardscape senses – A waterfall feature pond or fountain can often tie an entire landscape together, though one aspect that few people appreciate is their sound. Sometimes the splashing sounds from a soft streaming water can offer a relaxing ambiance often taken for granted. These types of hardscapes are probably the most rarely used, but add the most beauty to your landscape.

2. Rockwalls and large boulders – Boulders and rockwalls are great both visually and functionally. From a visual standpoint, no other type of hardscape is more as the dry stone rockwall. Used correctly, it can add pleasantness to a garden by making it seem like your private sanctuary.

3. Other Hardscape Ideas – While fences and waterfalls are more permanent solutions, temporary items like old rustic wagons and benches also can be attractive in some cases. A good way to provide the items you use is to consider the design of your home and keep the theme consistent.

3 Comments
  1. I never would have considered that a waterfall or man made creek could be considered a hardscape. However, I do think it is one of the best landscaping ideas. The sound is relaxing and it is a great place for butterflies and birds. It just adds to the landscape.

  2. My wife and I are planning a backyard renovation that is going to include some hardscaping. We are still trying to figure out exactly what we want to do, so I appreciate your article. I like your idea to add elements that bring in more senses than just sight: like the trickling of a water feature. Thanks for sharing these great hardscaping ideas!

  3. I’ve always though that hardscapes were only made of rock and pavers. Guess I was mistaking. The picture is breathtaking by the way. We’re in the middle of planning out our backyard, gonna be a costly project but worth it in the end.

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