Hardscapes can be formal or informal, depending on the style of your home and surrounding landscape. With hardscaping, textural variety is important and should be considered carefully. On the one hand, using only one texture or material can make the area appear dull and lifeless. Yet, using too many textures can make the surrounding area appear unattractive and cluttered.
So what do you do? Find balance. It’s generally better to choose no more than two or three textures or hardscape materials. These should be both visually appealing and complement your home’s exterior. This also includes color. When designing with hardscape elements, also consider your drainage patterns.
When planned out carefully, hardscape gardening features can and should improve the overall appearance of the home landscape, not take away from it.