Landscaping - Softscaping

Softscape refers to the elements of a landscape that comprise live, horticultural elements. Softscaping can include, flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds, etc. This is a term that has been popularized in recent pop culture (2006 onwards) on television shows such as Home & Garden Television. The purpose of softscape is to lend character to the landscaping, create an aura, ambience, and reflect the sensibilities of the inhabitants. The term softscape stands in contrast to hardscape which represents inanimate objects of a landscape such as pavers, stones, rocks, etc.

In softscaping we are using flowers, plants and living materials to create a beautiful outdoors space.  This part of your landscaping project involves choosing the right plants and flowers for your yard.  This is the aspect of any landscape design that will truly 'beautify' your landscape design.  We will choose plants and/or flowers that perfectly accentuate the features of your property that create a design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  While hardscaping most often includes rocks, boulders and 'hard' substances softscaping generally includes:

  • Turf or sod
  • Annuals (planted each year)
  • Bulbs (tulips, daffodils, crocuses etc.)
  • Ground cover (ivy, grasses, creepers, moss etc.)
  • Perennials (will grow again and again each season)
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Flowering shrubs

As with all our projects each landscape design is unique and requires a detailed consultation.  Please call us at 905-691-6101 for your free consultation.