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Artful Water CatchmentMediterranean Landscape, San Luis Obispo

Surrounded by papyrus, this brightly-colored rain barrel is the finishing touch on a water-wise garden in Grover Beach, CA.

Photo of a mid-sized mediterranean drought-tolerant and partial sun backyard stone water fountain landscape in San Luis Obispo. —  Houzz
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ahna1212 wrote:Jul 15, 2012
  • ahna1212
    Thank you!!!
  • patrinkac
    I had this brainstorm a few years back and put a new rubber/plastic garbage can next to my sunroom.....in an area where lots of rain was noted. You guessed it? After a good Florida shower my can came apart at the seams!!! I'm also smitten with this terra cotta catcher with the hose outlet.
einola wrote:May 18, 2014
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    Gardens by Gabriel, Inc.
    Its a tasmanian tree fern. Small now, but will develop a trunk in time up to 15' tall. Best in part shade, and out of wind. Commonly available as a foliage plant-

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laurendunec
Lauren Dunec Design added this to 12 Sustainable Gardening Ideas From Landscape Design ProsApr 4, 2019

6. Harvest RainwaterCapturing rainwater can help save water on a small scale. A rain barrel connected to a home’s downspouts allows one to capture the runoff from the roof for use in drier months. In this garden in San Luis Obispo, California, designed by Gabriel Frank, an attractive terra-cotta-colored rain barrel with a handy hose attachment allows for easy water dispensing to use on garden beds in the dry season.Tip: Before you purchase or install a rain barrel, be sure to check local laws. Certain states have issued rainwater-harvesting restrictions.

laurendunec
Lauren Dunec Design added this to Get Your Garden Ready for the Rainy SeasonNov 3, 2016

6. Store rainwater. Rather than diverting water from downspouts into a swale or rain garden, set up a catchment vessel to store excess water for future dry spells. This is particularly useful for gardeners in regions with dry seasons. Hook up a hose to the catchment container, and you’ll be able to use rainwater to irrigate your kitchen garden or perennial beds. Rain barrels come in many shapes and sizes, and can often make attractive additions to the landscape.Watch now: How to Install a Rain Barrel

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Falon Land Studio LLC added this to 6 Reasons Why You Should Save Your Rainwater NowJan 11, 2016

5. There are numerous environmental benefits. Rainwater storage is the first step at intercepting stormwater runoff. Stored rainwater used to irrigate the garden percolates through the soil, which allows nature to clean the water, as opposed to it running as dirty water directly into local water systems, which degrades water quality and can lead to flooding and erosion downstream. It also takes the stress off aging infrastructure. How does one little barrel make a difference? If more homeowners store and intercept rainwater using barrels, swales and rain gardens, local environments and water quality will improve. It’s a small change that, when replicated by many people, can have a large positive impact.

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Marianne Lipanovich added this to Just Add Water: Rain Barrel MagicJul 22, 2013

Blend it in. If you'd rather your barrel blend in, tuck it into the corner and surround it with soft plantings. Repeating the terra cotta elements in the rest of the space provides design continuity.

lolalina
Laura Gaskill added this to Easy Green: Country vs. City for Ecofriendly LifestylesDec 4, 2012

Go green in the suburbs. Owning your own single-family home does hold a few advantages over living in apartment buildings and condos: You can make more lasting structural changes without asking permission from a co-op or homeowners association. For a quick addition, try using a rainwater collecting system to store water for use in your garden; or for a bigger investment, you could even have solar panels installed on your house.

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Dana Conner added this to New Home6 days ago

Idea for Rick to save rain water

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Knyvett Lee added this to 5OutsideApr 24, 2019

Tip: Before you purchase or install a rain barrel, be sure to check local laws. Certain states have issued rainwater-harvesting restrictions.

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christietoo added this to FUTURE GARDEN IDEASApr 24, 2019

Harvest Rainwater Capturing rainwater can help save water on a small scale. A rain barrel connected to a home’s downspouts allows one to capture the runoff from the roof for use in drier months. In this garden in San Luis Obispo, California, designed by Gabriel Frank, an attractive terra-cotta-colored rain barrel with a handy hose attachment allows for easy water dispensing to use on garden beds in the dry season. Tip: Before you purchase or install a rain barrel, be sure to check local laws. Certain states have issued rainwater-harvesting restrictions.

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