- I like the permaculture approach to gardening: working with what you already have around you, working with the land. I Like hardy perennials, shrubs, trees and fruit bearers. I always swore that I'd only plant useful and edible plants in the garden. But truth be told, I can't resist any plant. I was even admiring the neighbours weeds today. The garden I am stewarding is long, sloping, thin, chalky and west facing. I'm located in the south-east of England (UK) near Brighton.