Hillside landscaping seems to be a daunting task to me. I have dealt with it a few years back in my old home. I do pay a lot of attention to all those stuff that can get my home a curb appeal. There is something intrinsically nice about our landscapes. I love the “feel-good” vibes I get from walking barefoot on the lawn or smelling a rose. When I and my husband moved into our new home in Calgary soon after our wedding, we had a similar situation, the only difference was we had our front yard sloped. The reason we bought a hillside home is for the landscape view, so I wanted a subordinate landscape design for the panoramic view. I tried some DIY tips initially, but it doesn’t seem to work. It’s always best to seek a professional service in situations like this. And one thing you have to keep in mind is that not all designers will be skilled to handle situations like this. So do a thorough background search before you hire someone. One more suggestion I would like to add is, when you cut the slope, take up the grade with a series of shorter terraces rather than one or two very large ones graded with cut and fill. This is to preserve your slopes because as we cut into the slopes, the topsoil will be removed and subsoils will be exposed eventually. Subsoils often, maybe heavy clays or shale that is poorly drained or lack microbial action of a living topsoil. This is the reason why my planting ideas failed in the initial stage. Later on consulting with a landscape designing company, we could bring out what we needed. Since you had asked for suggestion am sharing a blog that might be a help http://infinitygardens.ca/blog/ten-i...ing-solutions/. We had to move out soon, for my husband’s profession. I was almost heartbroken on this decision, I had so much for that house in a short time. But all that work on landscaping and other enhancement ideas got paid when we sold it. All these added more value to the house.