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.
- Virginia Wild Rye (Elymus virginicus)
- Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
- Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
- Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
- Meadow Phlox (Phlox maculate)
- Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
- Prairie Cord Grass (Spartina pectinata)
- Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
- Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
- Golden Alexander (Zizia aptera)