A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (again & again)

January 12, 2016 by Amanda Hoyt-McBeth

If all the rain this season is causing problems pooling improperly in your landscape or causing issues with your foundation/basement, it’s possible installing a rain garden could be of benefit to you. 

Rain gardens are planted depressions that are used to treat stormwater drainage. They collect water diverted from impermeable surfaces like roofs, driveways, and sidewalks and allow for that water to infiltrate into the native soils. Doing this instead of piping water to the local sewer system allows for more stormwater to be treated on site which builds the local groundwater table, filters out pollutants in the water naturally through soil and vegetation, and alleviates surge on municipal systems.

While rain gardens are important functionally and ecologically, they can also be a beautiful addition to your landscape. They are built by creating a low depression in the yard where stormwater is directed at a proper distance from your foundation, then layering drain rock, amended soil, and compost. Grasses and native plants that can handle wet feet (as well as summer dry spells) are ideal for rain gardens, provide habitat, and can also add an attractive feature in your garden. 

A few of Habit Gardens’ favorite rain garden plants include:

  • Native Sedge grass varieties
  • Blue Eyed Grass
  • Red Twig Dogwood (dwarf and larger varieties)
  • Sword & Deer Ferns
  • Camas

If you are interested in exploring whether a rain garden would work in your landscape, we’re happy to give you a free consult and estimate. The best time to plan this type of project is a rainy day like today!

For some photos of newly installed rain gardens, click here:

http://www.habitatgardenspdx.com/projects/rain-gardens