Garden design by carolyn mullet: Plant stairs with succulents - this actually works very well, the succulents thrive on the heat from the stone in summer. If you periodically wash the stairs off with (Garden Step Gabion)
Cool colours and beautiful textures with small leafed Westringia and Santolina(?) by Secret Gardens of Sydney. Not only do fine-leaved plants withstand heavy coastal winds, but they look great when mass planted adjacent to other fine-leaved plants.