Love this garden, possibly grass on the left as a path to the terrace instead of wooden tiles - Gardens by Teus Timmer fotoboek: Patio tuin--Love this little courtyard, and the way they have trained the trees/vines to resemble a pergola.
Fill your steps with blooming bulbs. If you were wise, you may have potted bulbs in the fall, in which case, kudos! For those who did not plant bulbs, why not pick some up? traditional landscape by Le jardinet