Unique stair design with schist walls leads down to terraced lawn on hillside of the property.

Unique stair design with schist walls leads down to terraced lawn on hillside of the property.

A mass planted berm provides an effective and attractive windbreak for the property.

A mass planted berm provides an effective and attractive windbreak for the property.

Lifestyle block with outdoor social area. The ground has been leveled with terraced gardens. The fireplace creates an inviting focal place for the outdoor space.

Lifestyle block with outdoor social area. The ground has been leveled with terraced gardens. The fireplace creates an inviting focal place for the outdoor space.

Terraced lawns replace what was once an unuseable slope, providing the owners with an inviting outdoor area.

Terraced lawns replace what was once an unuseable slope, providing the owners with an inviting outdoor area.

Raised vegetable garden with rosemary hedge. The lawn punctuates the hard surfaces, softening the area.

Raised vegetable garden with rosemary hedge. The lawn punctuates the hard surfaces, softening the area.

Bursts of colourful foliage and flowers bring this garden to life.

Bursts of colourful foliage and flowers bring this garden to life.

Schist and hardwood terraced gardens provide an elegant solution for this driveway edge.

Schist and hardwood terraced gardens provide an elegant solution for this driveway edge.

The contrast between the foliage  of these plants creates a dynamic garden.

The contrast between the foliage of these plants creates a dynamic garden.

Mosaic risers add personality to this set of stairs.

Mosaic risers add personality to this set of stairs.

Concrete contrasted by lawn and gardens.

Concrete contrasted by lawn and gardens.


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Lifestyle block with outdoor social area. The ground has been leveled with terraced gardens. The fireplace creates an inviting focal place for the outdoor space.

Lifestyle block with outdoor social area. The ground has been leveled with terraced gardens. The fireplace creates an inviting focal place for the outdoor space.

Bold foliage creates a lush mass of green beneath the canopy of the cherry and tulip trees. The use of large, leaved plants ensures that the garden is low maintenance, as weeds as shaded out.

Bold foliage creates a lush mass of green beneath the canopy of the cherry and tulip trees. The use of large, leaved plants ensures that the garden is low maintenance, as weeds as shaded out.

Two-tone exposed aggregate concrete and tidy plaster walls create a elegant and formal entrance to this property's front door.

Two-tone exposed aggregate concrete and tidy plaster walls create a elegant and formal entrance to this property's front door.

A series of retaining walls has been used to provide a level lawn for a social area and an area of play for children.

A series of retaining walls has been used to provide a level lawn for a social area and an area of play for children.

Eco-Oasis Playground for kindergarten children. The garden focuses on natural play, using elements such as rainwater to create elements of fun and interest.

Eco-Oasis Playground for kindergarten children. The garden focuses on natural play, using elements such as rainwater to create elements of fun and interest.

Steps convert a slope from inaccessible to inviting. Wide steps that meander or zigzag up a steep slope are easier to climb than those that escalate rapidly. Test Garden Tip: Begin building at the base of your slope if you're not sure where to add your stairs. Try climbing the slope along several different paths until you find the most comfortable route.

Tips for Taming a Slope

Steps convert a slope from inaccessible to inviting. Wide steps that meander or zigzag up a steep slope are easier to climb than those that escalate rapidly. Test Garden Tip: Begin building at the base of your slope if you're not sure where to add your stairs. Try climbing the slope along several different paths until you find the most comfortable route.

natural looking concrete stairs

natural looking concrete stairs

steep gravel driveway solutions - Google Search

steep gravel driveway solutions - Google Search

For steep inclines, you may want to approach the climb gradually by angling the drive up the hill instead of climbing it directly. A longer curved driveway is easier to climb in wintry weather than trying to go straight up the hill. For long steep climbs, consider using a switchback method where the drive forms an "S" as it travel up the hill.

For steep inclines, you may want to approach the climb gradually by angling the drive up the hill instead of climbing it directly. A longer curved driveway is easier to climb in wintry weather than trying to go straight up the hill. For long steep climbs, consider using a switchback method where the drive forms an "S" as it travel up the hill.

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