Important Delivery/Covid-19 Information: Updated 10.06.21 - Our dispatch time for online orders is currently 5 working days, all orders are dispatched Mondays to Thursdays, click and collect option is available at online checkout. The nursery is now open to visitors, open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm. Important Info to visitors: Wearing a face mask is mandatory inside the shop and payment area, also to maintain safe social distancing we are unable to share the viewing of phone images of your pond or planting plans. Saturdays and Tuesdays can get very busy so if you need our time and advice or are a complete novice, please visit on a Wednesday or Thursday. Availability info: Plant availability changes on a regular basis and is updated every Friday, unfortunately some of our Water Lilies and will remain slightly lower in availability this year while we increase stock levels, also some of our species of Water Iris and their cultivars are unavailable now for the rest of the season as they cannot be cut and lifted when in flower, Iris Ensata available July onwards.

 

Plants For Rain Gardens

Plants for Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain Garden is an Eco-friendly way of gardening, making use of free water and a way of creating Eco-friendly drainage, instead of water taking pollutants from roofs, driveways etc straight into ditches, streams and freshwater habitats, the run off rain water and flood water from heavy downpours is collected and directed to a low-lying depression area that is a soak away in itself, this area is usually 20-30% of the roof area in size.

Rain Gardens should be situated in full sun or partial shade, and make an excellent feature for growing moisture loving perennials, the soil in a rain garden should be free draining so any flood water has drained within a day or two, loose light soil is ideal (nothing clay based) sandy in content is even better, incorporating green garden waste is fine, the depth of soil should be about 12 inches.

There are various ways of directing the rain to the garden for instance guttering down pipes and small man-made gulley’s.

Plants for Rain Gardens

The Following plant species and their cultivars are all suitable for Rain Gardens.

Astilbe Cultivars

Iris Ensata Cultivars

Hosta Cultivars

Iris Sibirica Cultivars

Primula Florindae Cultivars

Primula Candelabra Cultivars

Carex Elata Aurea

Lythrum Cultivars

Caltha Palustris Cultivars

Filipendula Cultivars

Hemerocallis cultivars

Moisture Loving Ferns

Veronica Becabunga

Mazus Reptans and White Cultivar

Ajuga Species

Please visit my website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk to see my full range of Moisture loving perennials and many other categories of plants to fulfil all your planting needs for all types of water gardening projects and my full range of pond and water garden planting accessories.

You will also find on my website over 140 useful articles on all aspects of pond and water gardening and all the wildlife that incorporating water into your garden will attract.