Quality & Service are the Roots of Our Business.
4930 W. LOOMIS RD.
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.
THEN YOU'LL LIKE BEING AN INSIDER.
LIKE INFO LIKE THIS?
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.