Asked by: Leandre Supfle
asked in category: General Last Updated: 3rd April, 2020

When should you plant a rain garden?

Although a rain garden can be installed anytime the ground is not frozen, spring and fall are the best times to start your garden. In spring, the soil is easier to dig and the rainy weather means less initial watering.

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Similarly, you may ask, where can I plant a rain garden?

Create the rain garden by building a berm in a low spot in the yard, then build swales to channel runoff from the gutters and higher parts of the yard. The water is then absorbed into the soil through the network of deep plant roots. Use a mix of plants adapted to your area and to the different water depths.

One may also ask, do rain gardens work? When planted with the right types of plants, rain gardens also attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. How Do Rain Gardens Work? The shallow depression of the garden holds the water so it can slowly infiltrate back into the soil as the plants, mulch and soil naturally remove pollutants from the runoff.

Considering this, what plants are best for a rain garden?

Plant a Rain Garden

  • Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
  • Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  • Swamp mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium)
  • Sedges (Carex)
  • Bluestar (Amsonia)
  • Turtlehead (Chelone)

What do you need for a rain garden?

Rain garden plants need to tolerate both wet and dry conditions. This is because rain gardens experience alternate flooding (following a large rain storm) and drought (during periods of low rainfall). Any combination of flowers, shrubs, grasses or ferns that meet these criteria will do well in a rain garden.

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