I love this all the way, but I live in a much drier, hotter, sunnier location. I love the color and style of stone steps, love the shades of greens and the few scattered flowers. Even the coniferous trees in this picture are brighter green, looking more "you're yang and alive" than most pine trees.
From BHG: A flagstone path leading down the slope offers a different character and textural contrasts.In place of a rail or a fence, mid-height shrubs fill the space to the narrow side of the path. Several hostas, which cascade over the stair-stepped path, soften the wood edge. Shrubs and steadfast perennials, such as daylilies, congregate at the crown of the hill.