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Rain Garden Oak Park Contemporary Landscape, Chicago

Sustainable Rain Garden 3 years later. Holding water and no additional drainage needed. A simple, affordable solution to standing water and urban runoff.

Anne Roberts Gardens, Inc.
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sajoko wrote:
I'd also like to know the variety of grass planted here.
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Anne Roberts Gardens, Inc.
The grass is Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'.
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pantsmanor wrote:
Grass - Can anyone tell me what kind of grass this is?
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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Falon Land Studio LLC added this to How to Site and Size a Rain Garden for Your Landscape
What Is a Rain Garden? Rain gardens are planted areas that are designed to capture and slowly allow rainwater and stormwater runoff to infiltrate the landscape. They use natural processes to slow, filter and soak up stormwater, recharging the groundwater and contributing to the overall water quality of our communities.
Annie Thornton added this to Stop Fighting the Patchy Lawn!
‘Morning Light’ maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’) and coneflower (Echinacea sp,) grow in a Chicago rain garden.2. Ponding water. After a heavy — or even moderate — rain, water may collect in an area of your lawn, drowning grass for days or even weeks. When that water finally vanishes, you’re left with barren soil that’s both unsightly and open to weed invasion. This sounds like an area where rain garden plants may work. These are the plants that thrive in the boom-bust cycle of spring and fall flooding with dry summers. Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), muskingum sedge and fox sedge (Carex muskingumensis and C. vulpinoidea), New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), queen of the prairie (Filipendula rubra), white turtlehead (Chelone glabra), and Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) are all good options.If it’s a large area and you want privacy, a shrub hedgerow is an option. Plant redtwig dogwood (Cornus sericea), red or black chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia and A. melanocarpa), or elderberry (Sambuca sp.) — they will slowly sucker to form a massive bird and native bee habitat.How to Site and Size a Rain Garden for Your Landscape
Annie Thornton added this to Great Home Project: Install a Rain Garden
Rain gardens aren’t appropriate only in wet regions. “I know many places in the U.S. benefit from rain gardens: areas with regular rainfall throughout the year, like the Midwest, and drought-ridden areas that really need to recharge their underground aquifers, like Southern California,” Whitworth says. “Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get small amounts of rain all the time, so rain gardens work really well here to absorb most of our rains.”
Annie Thornton added this to Houzz Call: Have You Installed a Rain Garden?
They can replace lawn. This 3-year-old rain garden in Chicago drains urban runoff in an efficient and attractive way, replacing a patch of front lawn with water-tolerant coneflowers and ‘Morning Light’ miscanthus. Instead of draining to the street, water flows into this sunken perennial bed, where it’s cleaned as it percolates back down to the water table. Your turn: Show us your rain garden, if you’ve already installed one at your home. Upload your photos in the Comments.
Annie Thornton added this to 6 Projects to Create Beautiful, Water-Saving Outdoor Spaces
3. Add a Rain GardenInstead of sending the rainwater that lands on your property downstream via pipes and storm drains, rain gardens drain it on site, reducing strains on our stormwater systems, naturally cleaning the water as it percolates back down into the earth and creating habitat for local wildlife. Rain gardens can be as small as a planted bed at the bottom of a downspout or large enough to take up a significant portion of the landscape. Rain gardens don’t only benefit rainy regions. In arid climates they help recharge the aquifers, and in areas with more regular rainfall they can prevent flooding and rainwater from overwhelming storm drains and water systems downstream, all while creating a beautifully planted space. Cost: Expect to pay $3 to $5 per square foot to install one yourself, and $7 to $12 per square foot if you hire a professional. See the full project

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Daniel Murray added this to Belle Maison Backyard
I love the grasses and the purple cornflowers.
kmarsek added this to Intro to PP
Miscanthus sinensis 'morning light'
gggal added this to WildRose -Landscape
some beautiful grasses (not necessarily these) could be nice.
HU-513619329 added this to webuser_513619329's ideas
Selecting site for and form of rain garden
trace robinson landscape design added this to Sandi
Echinacea and bunch grasses are nice mixture for being close to the coast

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