Rarely are the hardscape elements of a garden given same thought as plants and the equally extensive choices tend not to be known amongst landscapers.
Knowing your Otta Phyllite from your Alta Quartzite allows you to increase your design palette and offer a huge range of stones for a scheme. Hardscape also includes manufactured stone, timber, resin and any manner of surfacing and walling. Such diversity allows almost any interior design to be extended seamlessly to the outside to enhance the sense of space and dimension of the garden.
Crucially, most interior finishes will not retain their look outside when exposed to the elements; the skill is to create that seamless expansion of space to the garden with materials similar in appearance but with different properties.