Want to have a beautiful backyard that is the envy of the whole neighborhood? We’ve rounded up some of the top designs in landscaping trends to give you a few ideas for your next backyard project.

backyard cactus1. Cacti and Succulents

For the dry heat of Southern California, cacti and succulents make for great plants. Plant them as part of a beautiful backyard design on a bed of gravel and and timbers instead of grass. Make it a focal point of your backyard with a variety of succulents, cacti, and tropical plants in different colors and sizes.

2. Beautiful Walkways

Stepping stones, flagstones, and other rock pavers can be used in a variety of ways to create gorgeous pathways in your backyard. Intricate designs or symmetrical patterns, oversized stepping stones or minimalist square pavers--the style selections you make depend on your backyard and your vision.

backyard water fountains3. Water Fountains

Using water fountains and outdoor ponds are great ways to add beauty, serenity, and an eye-popping wow-factor to your backyard. Large fountains can stand centrally in the backyard to be the main focus, while smaller fountains can make a pleasing addition to the corner of a garden. Water fountains come in a variety of beautiful styles from stone and concrete-based to handmade ceramic to fit every backyard design.