Pathway or garden?
Have you ever had to deal with a narrow left over area in a tight garden spot where you agonized over the resolution? This garden design was trying to wrestle with fitting in a 10 foot wide terrace as well as provide decorative lush plantings and also provide access to a vegetable garden and private secluded bench for reading beyond. This left only 6 feet of space beyond the foot of the stairs up to the raised terrace. I raised the terrace up 3 steps to capture a view of the bay while seated, and also to use the steps for sculptural container plantings to frame the terrace.
The pathway itself switches from squares of colored concrete interspersed with plantings to a more rustic flagstone pathway as one passes the terrace. Plantings are encouraged(within reason, there is some continual thinning and editing involved), to encroach upon the path and make it a garden as well. To the right of the path is a 6 to 9 foot tall retaining wall that predates the fire. Dense plantings were squeezed into a 3 foot width to frame the bay view without blocking all light to the patio off the kitchen below.
Just another example of how smaller gardens generally require more careful planning to fit everything in. Working on a steep sloped site isn't necessarily a negative, but there will also be those constant trips going up and down stairs. It forces one to think twice about what you need to bring with you before climbing up into the backyard for that morning coffee with the newspaper and your view of the bay below.
Here is a link that might be useful: Pathway or garden?