As humans, we need to adapt to the natural conditions and the ecosystem as much as we can. In this context, we can turn what nature offers us a nice advantage for our home and garden. For example, to prevent rainwater from damaging our home and garden, we connect rainwater from the roof to the drain. Instead, we can apply to rainscaping projects by creating a small and decorative rain garden. In order to prevent this rain garden from being negatively affected by excessive rainwater, we can design beautiful landscape ideas to the downspouts where rainwater coming from the roof meets the ground.
For an amazing rainscaping project, firstly, you should design a decorative landscape for the downspout so that your rain garden should not be exposed to excessive rainwater. In this step, you can use different landscaping materials such as beach pebbles, river rocks, bricks or any kind of materials compatible with your design. Also, you can add some decorative accessories to your landscaping. For example, you can use solar garden light or some flower pots through the waterways. Thanks to this, rainwater coming from the roof will reach a more reasonable and gradual amount of to the rain garden.
When creating a rain garden, you need to pay close attention to its location. Especially if it rains frequently in the area where you live, you can create your rain garden a little further away from the wall of your home. Furthermore, you can fence around your garden using different and decorative materials. Keep in mind that you don’t need any specific shape for the function of your rain garden, so feel free. Also, woody plants are recommended for the rain gardens.
Plants for the rain garden
- Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
- Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
- Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
- Veronicastrum virginicum (culver’s root)
- Swamp mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
- Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
- Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium)
- Sedges (Carex)
- Acorus gramineus (sweet flag)
- Bluestar (Amsonia)
- Turtlehead (Chelone)
Creating a rain garden will protect the environment and contribute to the water cycle positively. Besides, it prevents the local waterway from some toxins. Also, keep in mind that the rain garden is part of an ecosystem. In addition, some local governments support the rain garden idea financially. With this idea, you can both protect nature and create a beautiful garden.
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