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PERENNIALS FOR A SUNNY RAIN GARDEN
During a downpour at a typical house in many municipalities, water gushes out of downspouts, across lawns treated with pesticides and fertilizers, into an oily street, and, finally, down a storm drain that dumps that pollution along with the water into a stream, river, or bay. By building a rain garden, you can divert your gutter water into an attractive planting bed that works like a sponge and natural filter to clean the water and let it percolate slowly into the surrounding soil. Installing a rain garden isn't difficult if you're willing to dig or you bring in machines to help.
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Plants for the Wetter Center of the Garden
-Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal flower. 2–4’H x 1’W. Bright red flowers from July to September.
-Asclepias tuberose, orange butterfly weed. 2–3’H x 2–3’W. Can handle dry areas. Orange blooms from June to September.
-Iris versicolor, blue flag iris. 2–4’H x 2–4’W. Blue flowers in spring.
-Caltha palustris, marsh marigold. 8”H x 1’W. Glossy heart-shaped leaves with bright yellow flowers in the spring.
-Eupatorium maculatum, joe-pye weed. 3–5’H x 1–2’W. Red stems, purple-red flowers from July to September.
-Asclepias incarnate, swamp milkweed. 2–3’H x 2–3’W. Will not tolerate drought. Showy, flat, reddish flowers from July to October.
Plants for the Dryer Outer Edge of the Garden
-Geranium maculatum, wild geranium. 1–2’H x 2’W or more. Purple flowers in the late spring and sometimes again in the fall. Pretty foliage.
-Anemone canadensis, windflower. 2’H x 10”W. Pure white blossoms in June. Large, attractive leaves.
-Lobelia spicata, spiked lobelia. 3–5’H x 3–5’W. Blue flowers from June to August.
-Symphyotrichum umbellatus, flat-topped aster. 3–7’H x 3–7’W. White to yellowish-centered flowers in the fall.
-Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, New England aster. 3–7’H x 3–7’W. Purple flowers in the fall.
-Helenium autumnale, perennial sunflower, 3–5’H x 2–3’W. Lots of yellow flowers in the fall.