Permaculture is short for “permanent agriculture.” Garden designers choose perennial plants for multiple purposes such as improving soil health and producing food. Soil health promotes plant vitality and plant species diversity discourages pest and diseases. Flowers provide pollen for insects and berries for people or wildlife. They also add beauty to the landscape. Permaculture principles emphasize resource conservation through water catchment and soil mulching. This sloped site is designed to capture water for plant needs and to reduce erosion.