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Hardscaping and Plants: A Marriage Made in the Yard

By November 22, 2013

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Installing hardscaping in your yard can be a great way to reduce maintenance. But the main problem with hardscaping is that it looks too...well, too hard. As a solution, folks sometimes mix plants and hardscaping together -- the plants will take the "rough edges," if you will, off of the hardscaping. You can find all sorts of examples of this "marriage made in the yard," including:

  • Window boxes that soften the harsh lines of patios
  • Container gardens and container-grown trees used on decks (picture)
  • A grass strip left to run up the center of a driveway
  • Ground covers used as fillers in between the stepping stones

But one of the most complete integrations of hardscaping and plants comes when we nestle a patio into a landscape in such a way that it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. Could you use some help in this regard? Read my article on patio landscaping for some ideas.

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November 29, 2013 at 8:42 am
(1) scotty says:

Many great tips there David.

November 29, 2013 at 11:02 am
(2) landscaping says:

Thank you, Scotty. Now I’m just waiting for the warm weather to return, so I can enjoy my patio!

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