Hardscape refers to hard landscape materials in the built environment structures that are incorporated into a landscape. This can include paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, or any other landscaping made up of hard wearing materials such as stone, concrete etc. as opposed to softscape, the horticultural elements of a landscape. Hardscapes can include very large features, such as driveways and walkways. Most water features are hardscapes because they require a barrier to retain the water, instead of letting it drain into the surrounding soil.