Hardscaping is the foundation of your landscape design. Think of hardscaping and hardscape products as the skeleton that supports your garden design, defines the boundaries of your outdoor living space, and gives form to the function of landscaping.
For truly memorable, multi-use outdoor spaces, whether formal or informal, hardscaping allows you to create texture in the overall design, define the specifics of an outdoor area’s function and provide a seamless connection in theme between gardens, walkways, outdoor entertaining, and pool areas.
Hardscaping uses natural stone, porcelain tile or slabs, textured or smooth brick, wood, formed concrete and paving stone to achieve the look and feel you want for your outdoor living spaces.
It’s the ‘non-living’, or functional, aspect of your landscape design. Although thhe terms hardscaping and landscaping are often used interchangeably, hardscaping in only one element in an overall property landscaping plan.
Hardscape products can be used anywhere and everywhere in your landscape design - driveways, garden walls and retaining walls, walkways, patios, garden or walkway edging, decks, water features, outdoor kitchens and pool areas.
Adding hardscapes to your landscaping plans, can transform your yard into an outdoor oasis with gentle, flowing transitions between landscape elements or create a dramatic, textured experience with rises or levels throughout the space. It’s all up to you!
When selecting hardscape products for your landscaping project, you are only limited by your imagination and budget!
Hardscaping can bring a garden to life by adding balance and focus to the softscaping, or plant life of the space. Hardscape products provide a focal point for a garden design, can create distinct sections, add dimensionality in height and width, provide boundaries for driveways and walkways with stone edging, or be used to create a standout feature in an outdoor kitchen.
Hardscape materials help to decorate an outdoor living space and give it dimension and texture. A garden or outdoor are without any hardscaping, tends to look flat, uninspiring, haphazard or messy.
Conversely, too much of good thing is just that, too much. A backyard or front yard hardscape design that doesn’t incorporate all manner of plant life, can too often look cold, barren or untouchable.
It’s all about balance when choosing the right hardscape products for your outdoor living space. Polished porcelain slabs, rough hewn stone, silky smooth cobblestones, travertine or slate tiles, and textured brick ranging in earthy blues, greys, greens, reds, creams, nut browns to smooth caramels, are all possibilities. The right combination of hardscape product material, colour and texture can breathe a breath of fresh air into your patios, garden walls or edging, walkways, driveways and outdoor entertaining areas.
And StonePlace stocks a sample of them all for you to touch, see, and feel for yourself.
The sky is the limit when it comes to the variety of colours, materials and textures of hardscape materials. Weather resistant porcelain slabs, richly textured brick, formed concrete, cobblestones, river stone, gravel, stone or interlocking pavers, and travertine and slate tiles are all available to help you create surfaces, walls and structures within the landscape design.
Landscaping elements which typically use hardscape products and materials to create include:
When trying to decided what hardscape materials to use for your outdoor space, dream big! Start by making a list of everything you want in your landscape design. Think hard about the feeling you want to create when you’re in the space, and who will be using the space. A backyard area that’s designed for children or pets is a lot different that one that is designed for entertaining or relaxing.
One way to get a real feel for the space you want to create is by searching for images and designs that are published in magazines and online. You’ll start to gravitate to the style, colors, materials, and design ideas you love.
Consulting with a landscape designer or contractor is a great place to start! StonePlace can help with this too. We have a fantastic list of preferred suppliers we know and respect, who can guide you from start to finish on your project.
Then its all a matter of budget, time and making your dreams a reality.
Stone pavers and interlocking stone bring contrast, beauty and functionality to your driveways, walkways and patios. Durable and low-maintenance, they are available in countless styles, colours and textures to enhance your home’s outdoor appearance.
Versatile and durable enough to add distinction and a fresh appearance to driveways, patios, and pool decks, stone pavers and interlocking stone are also the preferred hardscaping materials for water features, fire pits, and terraces. The permeable surface of interlocking pavers is perfect for your driveways and patios to reduce water runoff.
In-ground patios and pathways are an essential part of any hardscape outdoor design. Backyard decks and patios offer plenty of opportunity to incorporate stone and concrete accents to balance out your landscape design and softscapes.
Concrete slabs, stone pavers, and flagstone are the three most common hardscaping materials to bring life and beauty to your outdoor living spaces.
Whether you favour large patterned concrete or textured natural stone patio slabs to round out your hardscaping outdoor design, StonePlace has exactly what you’re looking for.
The options may seem endless when considering the hardscape materials you have to create your perfect outdoor living space. But if you haven’t considered porcelain slabs or tiles to articulate your style, they you may be mission out on statement making patios, driveways and walkways.
Porcelain pavers have so much to offer as a decking and landscaping material. With a multitude of styles and colours to choose, these versatile pavers can be incorporated into your overall landscape design to create a fabulous contemporary outdoor living spaces. Similar to indoor porcelain tiles, outdoor porcelain pavers are thicker and more durable, able to beautifully withstand the elements and the weight of vehicles or patio furniture without cracking.
Our outdoor porcelain pavers are available in various profiles and textures, some mimicking natural stone or wood, and come in multiple sizes and shapes to suit any outdoor design.
Hardscape stone walls are an essential part of your hardscape outdoor design. Whether purely functional (like a retaining wall) or aesthetic in nature (like raised or tiered garden beds), stone offers a versatility and visually stunning material for your outdoor hardscape design.
The variety and versatility of today’s stone wall options means you can easily and beautifully incorporate the functionality of retaining walls into a garden design without sacrificing style and appeal.
Creating depth and dimension in your outdoor space, while matching the overall design and colour theme of your outdoor space, has never been more beautiful hardscaping stone from StonePlace.
StonePlace has been providing homeowners, contractors, landscaper architects, and landscape designers with quality hardscape products, expert advice, and service for more than 20 years. We proudly feature hardscape products from manufacturing industry leaders like Techo-Bloc, Permacon, and Oaks.
Outdoor steps and walkways, garden and retaining walls, patio stones and slabs, stone or brick fireplace, and beautifully safe pool side living all deserve the attention of quality hardscape products.
StonePlace has been providing homeowners, contractors, landscaper architects, and landscape designers with quality hardscape products, expert advice, and service for more than 20 years.
Landscape edging provides a crisp, clean edge between different areas of outdoor living areas, gardens, driveways and walkways, walls and patios.
The truth is, most well-designed outdoor spaces have several areas that serve different purposes. Gardens, walkways, driveways, patios, outdoor cooking and eating areas, ponds and pools all have defined spaces. Landscape edging and curbs helps articulate where one outdoor space begins and ends. The correct use of landscape edging or curbs, allows for the creation of separate spaces while lending a unifying element to your landscape design.
Modern landscape design uses edging both for function and form.
Discover all the ways you can use edging in your landscaping and outdoor design, and the products StonePlace recommends and stocks below.