Choosing the Best Hardscape Materials

Hardscape in Boca Raton, FL, or in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, FL, is as essential to residential outdoor living spaces as greenery and palm trees. Heavy or light, formal or informal, natural or man-made (faux), hardscaping is crucial to gardens because it adds balance and focus. It serves as a focal point and helps to delineate and decorate a landscape. Without hardscape, the plants and trees would be a never-ending forest of green, growing things.


Before you engage your landscaping company, learn about the most popular examples of hardscape, their benefits, and how they’re used.




Brick has been around for millennia as a material for buildings, pathways, walls, and all types of structures. It has patterns that can make it formal or informal. Reclaimed or used brick is currently a popular, pro-environmental material for outdoor projects.




Concrete can be stained, texturized, and embedded with other materials, like pebbles and sea glass. A concrete hardscape patio or pathway can be texturized and is less slippery than the traditional smooth finish.


Loose Material


Pea gravel, Mexican river-rock, recycled rubber mulch, and recycled glass are all considered loose-material hardscaping. It is typically low-cost and adds dimensionality to garden hardscape aesthetics.




Pavers can be made of many materials—the most popular pavers are concrete and flagstone. Placing pavers can be a simple project, provided you construct a permanent border to avoid shifting and sliding. They are usually installed over pea gravel and bedding sand and can also be placed on dirt or grass.