Annuals vs perennials on your street

On Norfolk Street, this small bed outside Ashley Court was full of weeds, especially vine weed, but it was cleared and offered to us to plant some new plants in. We suggested some edibles, and in the first year we tried out some purple sprouting broccoli, squash and courgettes. Caterpillars ate all the courgettes but the squash and broccoli did quite well. The following year we planted some perennials, including gooseberry bushes, curry plants and strawberries. The thick mulch keeps the weeds away and the bed is very low-maintenance.