When you’re developing a landscaping design, you’ll clearly want to include a variety of plants, shrubs, and trees. But there’s a lot more than just planting when it comes to creating a beautiful overall look. But for anyone who isn’t up on the backyard design trends, it can be hard to know where to start. When you work with Swink’s Creations in Simi Valley, you can be confident that our team of expert landscapers will design and build a yard you won’t want to leave. Here are some of the things that a great backyard must have.Landscaping Simi Valley

Natural Materials

When you’re outside, you should be surrounded by nature! A majority of landscaping materials are natural (wood, plants, and even concrete is natural), but it’s best to avoid using plastics or rubber as much as possible. When creating a distinct line between mulch and grass, consider using stone or brick instead of plastic edging.


Not only can pathways direct guests to where you want them to go, they also provide you an opportunity for using unique materials, shapes, sizes, spacing, and you have options for what to plant along the pathway. Think about some of these things when putting in a pathway:

  • What material is the pathway made of?
  • If the path is made of individual steps, how much space is in between?
  • What material will be used in between the steps?
  • If the pieces of the pathway are touching, will you create a design with the material?
  • What will be planted along the edges of the pathway?
  • Where is the pathway going?

Patios, Fire Pits, and Seating

A great landscaping design will have something that you can focus your attention on, whether it’s a bench at the end of a pathway, a water feature in the corner, a pool in the middle, a fire pit, or a combination of a few smaller focal points. Patios, fire pits, seating areas, or outdoor kitchen are fantastic choices for focal points. The weather in the Simi Valley area allows a variety of outdoor options that you can take advantage of.

Landscaping Simi ValleyLighting

If you want a romantic backyard, lighting should be a priority. If you plan on spending any time spent outdoors at night, you’ll need quality, effective, and beautiful lighting. This can come in the form of small pathway lights, spotlights, hanging lights, or lights that create shadows or silhouettes. Lighting should be a strategy in and of itself, so have fun with it.

Water Features

Whether it’s a small bird feeder or a larger waterfall type feature, the use of water is crucial in a landscape, beyond the water that the plants need. Even the gentle trickle of water flowing in the background can create a relaxing environment.

If you have these five elements in your landscape, and, of course, a plethora of attractive and well thought out plants, you’re well on your way toward a stunning yard. We understand, though, that landscaping in Southern California is a challenge. So if you want professional help, get in touch with the team at Swink’s Creations. Our team will work with you create a design that you love.