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Banyon Tree Design PortfolioContemporary Landscape, Seattle

Surface runoff gathers in this new rain garden, densely planted with ornamentals and natives. The elongated pavers are recycled concrete from the existing patio space.

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Heather Tselentis wrote:Mar 22, 2013
  • fuzzypill
    Very interested to know what kind of plants are use here. We are just starting to plan for rain garden but not sure what plants to use. Thanks!
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    Banyon Tree Design Studio
    Many rain garden designers promote the use of native plants, and in the Seattle region, we have a lot of plants to chose from; plants that are adapted to wet winters and dry summers work well in our region. this garden also has quite a few, non-native, adaptive species that work in those environmental conditions but offer more flash and color and ornamental qualities to the landscape design. Many conservation districts, utility companies and/or road departments are offering information at the governmental level on rain garden design. good luck!
esteppe0 wrote:Feb 10, 2016
skygirl6 wrote:Sep 14, 2016
  • Gabe Port
    hi skygirl16, the pavers were cut from an existing patio, and were moved around on site. they are as big as we could move probably 4-5' long x 24" wide...

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Annie Thornton added this to Great Home Project: Install a Rain GardenNov 10, 2016

Typical project length: A professional crew can accomplish the installation in about a day. If you do it yourself, it will take longer, as it’s a pretty physically demanding project. Best time to start: Depending on where you live, fall or spring is the best time to plant your rain garden. “Fall is a good time to build one here in the Pacific Northwest, because the rains have started, making it easier to dig,” Whitworth says. “Plants are easiest to establish at this time of year as well, giving them three wet seasons for good root growth before our first season of drought, summer.” It’s also possible to break up the process. “I’ve dug them in the fall and planted them in the spring,” Lathin says. He adds that in regions with wet, cold winters, it’s important not to plant too late in fall, as the water and the freeze-thaw cycle can lift and wash away young plants that haven’t developed strong root systems yet. “You should never use seeds for a rain garden, because rain will wash them away and leave bare spots for weeds,” he says.

Billy Goodnick Garden Design added this to Easy Ways to Manage Stormwater for Lower Bills and a Healthier EarthFeb 27, 2013

Mini rain gardens can be situated at the low side of a yard to filter excess runoff from the lawn. Even if you've gone organic in your lawn care regimen, there's still the problem of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other elements) entering waterways. They don't just make your lawn grow; they can accelerate algae growth, which in turn upsets the habitat of fish and other aquatic life.

Amy Renea added this to Stone Works WondersDec 7, 2011

Functional Stone Designs Stone can also be a tool to help a garden's functionality. These long pavers allow the gardener to reach plants, while the small pebbles accommodate runoff.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Westen Design landscape architecture, pllc added this to WalkerMar 6, 2019

path through natural area...shorter stones

deborah_ayers08 added this to deborah_ayers08's ideasApr 19, 2018

Lots of plants and interest in a small space

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