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Rain Gardens Keep Storm Water on Site
One of the new Green landscaping techniques is to utilize low areas in your yard to build rain gardens which will keep excess storm water on-site. Rain gardens positively impact the environment in a number of ways. Many people are building them all over the country, especially in dry climates. So take a look at the information, pictures and other links here if you'd like to learn more about this new way to conserve rainwater in the garden.
Beautiful Rain Garden Plants
What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a shallow depression that keeps storm water in place for a day or two, allowing it to soak in so that it can be used by the plants. You can create a rain garden in a low area where rain water collects naturally. In urban areas, rain gardens can be combined with French drains to channel the water to other flower beds or away from the house.
Rain gardens help reduce water pollution, especially in cities, and also help to alleviate flooding by allowing the water to soak in and be filtered before it reaches ditches and streams.
By using a combination of native plants and easy to grow, drought resistant naturalized plants, a rain garden can be quite beautiful all through the year. The native plants in rain gardens attract birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife. Creating a rain is easy and this small change in an urban or suburban yard will positively affect the safety of our supply of fresh water.
The photo above was taken in our rain garden. The plants include (from back to front) native Blazing Star (Liatris), native Louisiana Iris, non-native Amaryllis, native Red Morning Glory, non-native Begonia and native Coral Nymph Salvia coccinea to mention a few.
How Rain Gardens Work
More Rain Garden Flowers
Native plants do well in rain gardens because they can take the natural cycle of flooding then drought. Other old fashioned perennials like Canna Lilies, Homestead Verbena, Spider Lilies and Abutilon also do well. Here are a few pictures of lovely flowers that can be grown in a rain garden.
Indian Pink and Daisy Fleabane
Giant Coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima
Angle-Pod Blue Iris
Birds and Animals Are Attracted
Rain Garden Poll
Do you have a rain garden?
A complete how-to book about building and managing rain gardens.
Rain Garden Video
Plant Natives Go Green
More About Sustainable Gardening
- Sustainability - Rain Barrels
Conserving and using rainwater is an environmentally friendly practice and is a key element in sustainability. There are many types of rain barrels and rain harvesting systems on the market. I have tested a few designs and have reviewed them, complet
- Top 10 Sustainable Gardening Methods
Sustainable gardening and permaculture are important gardening concepts. Here you will find 10 methods that will improve sustainability and growing food in suburban and urban yards.
- 15 Easy to Grow Southern Wildflowers
This page features 15 native perennial flowering plants complete with photographs of and information plus links to more about each. These beauties will thrive in the hot, humid South.
- Gardening with Native Plants
Join the landscaping with native plant revolution! Here you'll find many photos and much information plus plant lists showing how to use native plants and edibles to make your yard more sustainable.
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