January 9, 2024

Hardscaping Ideas & Trends for Elevated Southern Landscape Design (with videos)

Hardscape walkway and patio for hardscape trends Atlanta and South

In the South, we are lucky to be able to work on our landscape projects year-round, especially when the design is centered around key hardscape elements.  Since there are very few days when weather prohibits hardscape installation here in Georgia & Alabama, now is the perfect time to start planning.  To help inspire you, here are a few of the latest trends in Southern hardscape designs:

Permeable Pavers for Sustainable Sophistication:

Permeable pavers are eco-friendly alternatives that allow rainwater to penetrate the ground, reducing runoff and supporting groundwater recharge.  Perfect for landscape design use in driveways, walkways, patios, and gardens, permeable pavers not only contribute to water conservation but also add texture and visual interest to outdoor spaces.

Low-Maintenance Gardens with Decorative Gravel:

The warmer climate can be both a blessing and a challenge for gardeners. To address the need for low-maintenance landscapes, decorative gravel is emerging as a versatile hardscaping solution. 

Gravel pathways and using gravel in place of mulch for certain areas can reduce the need for constant watering while adding a unique accent to your gardens.

Modern Water Features:

Hardscape design also includes water features; think of water walls, waterless ponds, waterfalls, fountains, reflective pools, and man-made streams.  These features provide a visual focal point and can also add a soothing soundtrack to outdoor living spaces – especially for homes in more urban areas such as Buckhead and parts of Atlanta.

Native Stone Retaining Walls:

Incorporating natural elements into hardscaping is a trend embraced in Southern landscape design.  Native stone retaining walls are gaining prominence for their ability to blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Walls constructed with field stone, modular block, or stacked stone, not only serve a practical purpose in preventing soil erosion but also showcase the unique geological features of your yard’s terrain. See a retaining wall being installed in the video below.

Hardscaped Areas with a Touch of Greenery:

While hardscaping takes center stage, incorporating plants and greenery can soften the overall aesthetic, creating a harmonious blend of man-made structures and natural beauty.  For walkways, landscape designs may add mondo grass or thyme between pavers or for walls, adding space for low maintenance plants within the wall creates an amazing living wall focal piece.  Combining plantings with hardscape is a great way to enhance & highlight the structural elements of your outdoor space. See the second video for ideas to incorporate greenery into your hardscape design.


Hardscaping trends in the South focus on designs that are environmentally conscious and functional while adding interest and artistry to front & back yard living spaces & landscape designs.  If you are interested in adding hardscape to your yard, we would love to help. Contact Outside Landscape Group here for Atlanta,  here for Lake Martin, or call us at 770-754-1188.

Outside Landscape Group Hardscape installation in action

Building the retaining wall. We do it ourselves, no outside contractors or extra scheduling is needed!
Adding greenery around the hardscape and IN THE WALL too!!


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