Creating an outdoor oasis in your very own yard is possible and it often starts with a hardscaping plan that is well integrated into your landscaping plan. Hardscaping includes paved areas, retaining walls, stairs, walkways and other elements made from hard-wearing materials including stone, concrete and wood. When thinking about a hardscape plan, you might want to consider how it can help you and your guests to make a grand entrance into your yard. With a skilled hardscape design, you can create beautifully flowing walkways and eye catching borders. Don’t forget to designate areas on your patio to build container gardens in the warmer months!