Blog / The Many Types of Hardscapes to Use in Your Yard

A well-designed property includes the right mix between landscaping and hardscaping. While landscaping involves vegetation, hardscaping includes all the “harder” features found in a landscaped property, such as stone, pavement, decks, and more.

Hardscapes come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, and each one serves a different purpose. Take a look at some common types of hardscape ideas below to help you decide which one might be a good fit for your yard.

Types of Hardscapes


A walkway has a dual purpose: It can tie two areas of your property together or separate them in contrasting style. Pavers, bricks, stones, concrete, and pebbles are all popular materials used for a walkway surface.


Be it for privacy, security, or appearance, a fence is perhaps the most widely used type of hardscape. Design options are countless, and materials include wood, iron, vinyl, and more.

Decks and Patios

A deck or patio is the place to sit back and take in the rest of your hardscaping. Once the wood, stone, or pavers are in place, top it all off with some lounge chairs, tables, and a grill. Learn more about our patio installation services in Raleigh, NC. 


A steep slope in your yard can be easier to navigate with the help of a set of stone or wooden stairs. Landings, curvatures, and switchbacks can complete the package for both style and substance.


A bench provides a welcoming touch to your property that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Hardscaped benches are often made of wood or stone and can be complemented by surrounding flowers and shrubs.

Pergolas and Gazebos

A pergola or gazebo brings an indoor element to the great outdoors. Made from wood, metal, stone, or fiberglass, these structures can provide both shade and entertainment for you and your guests.


An arbor can turn a patio or walkway into a focal point. Typically made of wood or metal, an arbor can be dressed up in vines or flowers to enhance the visual appeal.

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All of your hardscaping needs can be met by the team at Redwood Land Design. Learn more about our hardscaping services and schedule a consultation for your property today.