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benjaminvogt
Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to Solve 3 Common Landscape Problems — With More PlantsMay 1, 2016

3. Mucky AreaI bet you’ve got an area in your landscape, even your lawn, where water gathers and stays for several days after it rains. Not much grows there, and what does might struggle, especially during the rainy season. Take that area and make it a garden island or bed. Consider using plants that thrive in the boom-and-bust cycles of the wet and dry seasons, especially adapted natives like ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata), blazing star (Liatris spp.), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), sedges (Carex spp.), mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) and blue wild indigo (Baptisia australis). Let those plants soak up that water while breaking open the soil so the water can drain better. You might even consider water-loving shrubs like chokeberry or a willow tree to create a unique area of wildlife habitat.Learn more about siting and sizing a rain garden for your landscape

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Falon Land Studio LLC added this to How to Design a Rain Garden That Loves Stormy WeatherSep 28, 2015

Plant for Fullness Over TimeThe rain garden, just like any newly planted garden, will take time to grow in and really come to life. The initial planting and spacing should be based on the plants’ mature spread, giving them room to grow. Avoid placing plants too close together, as you’ll end up with overcrowded plants that require more maintenance because they’ll need to be thinned periodically. Here’s a rain garden still in the early years but filling in nicely as the plants spread out and mature.Plants shown: Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium sp.), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), sedge (Carex sp.), blazingstar (Liatris sp.)

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billmans48 added this to billmans48's ideas2 days ago

Rain garden - The goal is to choose a stone size that will help spread out the water as it meets the rain garden. Another option is to plant a woody, spreading ground cover that can withstand the water inundation. Some examples include creeping barberry (Mahonia repens) or kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). If you choose to establish some ground cover, it’s best to fill in any gaps between the young plants with stones. Over time, the plants will grow and spread to cover the smaller stones.

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Aspen Garden and Landscape, LLC added this to Dry Stream BedApr 26, 2018

Integration of rain garden into other beds and integration of stone. I don’t love the plantings

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hanesok59 added this to Rain GardenSep 6, 2016

Countryside Flower Shop and Nursery 3 Reviews Rain Gardens 312 Saves | 0 Questions Plant for Fullness Over Time - The rain garden, just like any newly planted garden, will take time to grow in and really come to life. The initial planting and spacing should be based on the plants’ mature spread, giving them room to grow. Avoid placing plants too close together, as you’ll end up with overcrowded plants that require more maintenance because they’ll need to be thinned periodically.

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Sarah Millard added this to gardening to doMay 31, 2016

Plants to put in the mucky area of the back yard

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