A rain garden is a vegetated depression that collects rainwater and allows it to infiltrate into the ground instead of running off the surface. A garden can provide habitat for bees and butterflies, and reduce the need for expensive stormwater structures. Rain gardens can also beautify your landscape.
Is a rain garden right for you?
A few things to think about when deciding if a rain garden is a good fit for your landscape
Do you have a low area in your yard where you have trouble growing grass?
Do you have water in your basement near a downspout?
Are you interested in a simple, low-cost way you can make a difference?
Do I have the space in my yard to install a rain garden? A typical residential rain garden is 50 to 100 square feet, depending on the size of the area draining to it.
Tips for Planting a Rain Garden
Use native plants that require little water beyond normal rainfall
Strategically group plants according to their water needs