Rain gardens are a great way to turn a problem site into a landscape asset. We’ve been working with rain gardens for almost 15 years, and the biggest challenge continues to be plant selection. “Rain Garden” implies that it will be wet, but in reality the rain garden settings can be very dry in between the periods of precipitation. And it’s generally just the lowest point of the garden that stays wet for up to 48 hours. We recommend choosing plants that grow well in dry environments, but will tolerate periods of wet conditions. Hibiscus, Siberian Iris and Joe-Pye-Weed are three of our favorites for this setting. From there it becomes a matter of foliage form, color and texture for visual interest, and finally the color palettes that each homeowner prefers. Finke Gardens landscape design staff can assist you in the development and planting of your rain garden. Solve a problem and create beauty in your landscape with a rain garden.
For more information on rain garden design refer the following publications released by the University of Nebraska Extension.
For information on why rain gardens are important and how to build and plant one for your landscape see Lincoln’s website:
For information on how you can obtain cost share funding for the future development of rain gardens and other sustainable landscape changes:
Rain Garden Grants Available
Great information about rain gardens is available at the City of Lincoln’s website. Matching grants are currently available. You can visit the City of Lincoln Rain Garden Project website for more information on the rain garden grants available.
A palette of orange and yellow flowers, some with tolerance of wet soils like goldenrods and Heleniums, can make the rain garden an aesthetic and functional success.
Finke Gardens has been installing rain gardens since 2005, and in this video we see the process used for integrating water capturing features in your landscape.
Large areas of water runoff may need a more extensive solution like the “rain chain” as shown here on UNL East Campus.
UNL East Campus rain chain was put to the test with heavy rainfall