Hardscaping and Softscaping

What’s The Difference Between Hardscaping and Softscaping?

We at LMT Landscaping Ltd. know that having the perfect yard, garden, or public commercial or municipal space can be complicated. That’s why we’d like our customers in Medicine Hat to know all of the options available to them. One important distinction that LMT Landscaping implements to determine their approach to each project and might be helpful for you to know about, is the difference between hardscaping and softscaping.

In short, the difference between the two is that hardscaping involves all the non-plant aspects of a yard, garden area, or public commercial space, whereas softscaping refers to the plant life. In a very arid climate, like the southeast portion of Alberta, for instance, you see a lot of hardscaping components in people’s yards and gardens. 

Here in Medicine Hat, we live in a semi-arid climate. That means we get comparatively less rain than other parts of Canada and experience cold winters and hot summers. Because there’s so much variety in our year, we need to think about both hardscaping and softscaping options—not only which to include but how they’ll complement each other both in the summer and winter. To help you out, we’ll go into a little more detail about hardscaping and softscaping.

You can think of hardscaping features as the framework that your softscaping will go into. Some examples of hardscaping include:

  • Paving stone that lead customers to your store or door 
  • Gravel paths that divide your garden in the backyard
  • Paving stones that lead to water features you’d like people to visit
  • Patios for hosting guests
  • Walls that encircle your property
  • Gazebos for rest and relaxation

These are the unchanging parts of your space that will probably be what guide people through the space, wherever you want to direct their attention.


  • Flower beds
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Grassy areas

Whereas the hardscaping features are more typically what guide people through the space, the softscaping is where you can really wow the people that visit your space, whether it’s customers coming to your business or guests visiting your home. One mistake people make is to only think of softscaping as it will be at full bloom. With a clever combination of hardscaping and softscaping, however, you can make your space interesting all year round.

LMT Landscaping Ltd., has extensive experience in both hardscaping and softscaping in the Medicine Hat area. If you’d like to improve your yard or public commercial or municipal space contact us today to find out what options are right for you.

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