|Front Corner of Rain Garden
The first one was featured in the front yard, accomodating the rainfall from about half of the front roof. The homeowner had it professionally designed and installed it herself including digging the 'bowl' out.
|View from the house corner
Native perennials on the moister end of the rain garden where the buried downspout extension emerged included Black Eyed Susans, Mountain Mint, Big Bluestem, Nodding Onion and Butterfly Milkweed. The homeowner has signage at the curb explaining what the purpose of a rain garden is.
Rain gardens are a win-win providing a way to capture and improve water quality as well as beautifying your landscape with native plants. If you live in the Twin Cities metro area, there are many grants available for rain gardens. See the Blue Thumb website for details.