Best Hardscape Materials

Landscaping is a term we’re all familiar with. It immediately summons images of lush lawns, plants, trees and flowers, or of lawn maintenance crews mowing, laying mulch, and expertly weeding and trimming. Hardscaping, on the other hand, isn’t so universal. That’s because, while it’s an important aspect of an overall landscaping plan, hardscaping doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. 

What is Hardscaping?

Hardscaping refers to the man-made structures within a landscape design. Unlike the soft, organic elements, these non-living features are typically hard and inanimate. Examples of hardscaping elements include walkways, paths, pool surrounds and driveways, as well as patios, decks, retaining walls, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, pergolas and more. 

Stone retaining wall

Why is Hardscaping Important?

Hardscaping provides a much-needed counterbalance to the trees, shrubs, flower beds and grass. Without it, a landscape can look overgrown and wild. These man-made features complement the softscaping elements, and help to maintain structure as they grow and evolve. Hardscaping also helps to delineate sections of your property, add dimension, and serve as a focal point.

What are the Best Hardscaping Materials?

Hardscape materials include brick, stone, pavers, gravel, concrete, wood and wood composite. At Williams Landscape & Design, we recommend pavers, natural stone and clay bricks for hardscape installation in the greater Williamsburg, VA area. 


Pavers offer a range of patterns and textures and add a natural elegance that stamped concrete simply cannot match. Pavers can also withstand heavy traffic without showing signs of wear, and are more durable than concrete, which is prone to cracking and color degradation. Belgard® concrete pavers and Techo-Bloc® stone pavers are our preferred choice for hardscape installations in Williamsburg, VA. 


Stone is a natural material that adds character and detail to any outdoor space, and its strength and durability make it an excellent choice for patios, retaining walls and walkways. Natural stone is easy to maintain and offers flexibility and variety. Choose from river rock, slate, limestone and more in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. We use Marmiro Stones® for the majority of our hardscape installations in Williamsburg, VA. 


Clay bricks are low-maintenance and cost-effective. They don’t require paint, sealing or any other treatments to maintain their aesthetics and durability, and the color is fired into the bricks so they will not fade. Clay bricks also offer unique insulating properties, and because they are non-slip and won’t degrade when exposed to water, we frequently use them for pool surrounds in Williamsburg, VA. 

Hardscape Installation in Williamsburg & the Virginia Peninsula

Hardscaping takes your landscape design to the next level. Whether you’re installing a retaining wall, a patio, or an outdoor kitchen, the hardscape experts at Williams Landscape & Design have the experience and knowledge you need to get the job done right. We create hardscapes that are built to last, taking into account things like drainage, soil erosion, and other variables so that they won’t degrade your hardscape over time and you can enjoy your custom outdoor space for many years to come.

To schedule a design consultation for hardscape installation in Richmond, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Gloucester and the surrounding Virginia Peninsula, contact us or call 757-564-7011.

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