Rain Garden Plants

A rain garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff to be absorbed from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, and patios. This reduces rain runoff by allowing storm water to soak into the ground. Benefits include a reduction in erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater. Rain gardens improve water quality in our nearby creeks and rivers. These gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.

Natives being more tolerant of our climate, soil, and water conditions are recommended for rain gardens. Many have deep roots which can withstand drought and also help in water infiltration. Once established, many natives can withstand our tough conditions of drought and floods. Below are plants we recommend for rain gardens.