Rain Garden

Plant a shallow depression or swale with native wetland or moist prairie plants that can accept periods of inundation:Blue Lobelia, Wild Bergamot, Culver’s Root and Swamp Milkweed, for example.

Your Rain Garden can absorb 30 percent more water than a comparable-sized parcel of turf and allow the water to slowly filter into the ground rather than run off into storm drains. A rule-of-thumb is to plan the square footage of your rain garden equal to about 30 percent of the square footage of your roof.


Rain garden
  1. Virginia Wild Rye (Elymus virginicus)
  2. Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
  3. Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
  4. Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  5. Meadow Phlox (Phlox maculate)
  6. Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
  7. Prairie Cord Grass (Spartina pectinata)
  8. Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  9. Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  10. Golden Alexander (Zizia aptera)