Here is a small set of stone steps. Rather than being constructed out of individual stones, these steps are carved from very large stones. The stones are partially covered by moss which gives them a good patina and blends them with the landscape.
Hostas are a topnotch groundcover for shady areas. Plant them on a tough-to-mow hillside to create a lovely, carefree garden bed. If you have a steep slope that water runs down so quickly the soil can't absorb moisture, try breaking up the hill with rock