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Title: Planting your rain garden


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Planting your rain garden
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Choices, choices!
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Low to high density
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Groomed to natural
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Theme gardens
  • Butterfly garden
  • Evergreen garden
  • Native plants
  • Cool colors
  • Warm colors
  • Limited only by your imagination!

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Your rain garden will be
Very wet sometimes
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Your rain garden will be
Very dry sometimes
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Native Species!!
  • Accustomed to the climate
  • Low maintenance!
  • Beautiful selections

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Choosing Plants
  • Tolerant of moisture and drought
  • Adapted to site conditions
  • Moisture levels within rain garden vary depending
    on location

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River BirchBetula nigra
  • 50 x 50
  • Excellent Specimen
  • Single or multi-stemmed
  • Papery bark
  • Heritage, Duraheat
  • Grows fast, tolerate very wet to average
    conditions

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Redbud
  • Cercis canadensis
  • Blooms early spring, deciduous
  • Lives 20 yrs.
  • Sun, well drained soil
  • Fuller in sun

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Redbud
Forest Pansy
Royal White
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Fringetree
  • Chionanthus virginicus
  • To 20 x 20
  • Sun lt. shade
  • Moist soil
  • Late season leaf spot
  • Blue fruit on female trees

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Shrubs and small trees
Red maple
Elderberry
Strawberry bush
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Southern Wax MyrtleMyrica cerifera
  • 10-15 x 10-15
  • Berries are valuable to birds (female plants)
  • Large screen, pruned hedge,
  • Dwarf forms exist
  • Often multi-stemmed tree
  • Exceptionally tough

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Sweet PepperbushClethra alnifolia
  • Native, deciduous shrub
  • Sun part shade
  • Well drained or moist soil
  • Cultivars
  • Hummingbird, 16 Candles
  • dwarf white, 3 x 6
  • Ruby Spice
  • upright pink, 8 x 5
  • Blooms in June-July, exceptional fragrance
  • Yellow fall color

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Sweet Pepperbush
Ruby Spice
Sixteen Candles
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Virginia SweetspireItea virginica
  • Deciduous shrub
  • Sun to part shade
  • Wet to dry soil
  • Cultivars
  • Henrys Garnet
  • 4-6 x 4-6
  • Little Henry, Merlot
  • dwarf - 3 x 3
  • Flowers in June
  • Burgundy autumn color holds till Dec.
  • Very moisture tolerant

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Virginia Sweetspire
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BeautyberryCallicarpa americana
  • 6 x 6
  • Cut back to 1 every year in Feb/March
  • Bright purple berries in autumn - loved by birds
  • Very Fast Grower

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BeautyberryCallicarpa americana
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Asclepias species
  • Butterflyweed
  • Asclepias tuberosa
  • 2 3 tall and wide
  • Blooms in spring/early summer, orange
  • Sun to light shade
  • Drought tolerant, good drainage
  • Swamp milkweed
  • Asclepias incarnata
  • 3 tall and wide
  • Spring/early summer flowers, pink or white
  • Sun to part shade
  • Moisture tolerant

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Monarchs
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Orange ConeflowerRudbeckia fulgida
  • Tough spreading perennial
  • Yellow flowers all summer, 3 tall
  • Sun, moist to average soil
  • Low mat of semi-evergreen foliage in winter
  • Leave seed heads in winter for birds

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Panic Grass
  • Panicum virgatum
  • Shenandoah
  • 3 x 2, burgundy
  • Northwind
  • 4 x 2, upright
  • Moist or dry soils
  • Sun to light shade

Shenandoah
Northwind
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Joe Pye Weed
  • Eupatorium fistulosum, E. dubium
  • Large spreading perennial
  • Moist soil, sun
  • Rose-mauve flowers in late summer
  • 6-8 in flower
  • Excellent nectar source

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Goldenrod
  • Many species
  • Solidago rugosa
  • Fireworks
  • Late summer fall flowers
  • Moist to average, sun

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Rose Mallow
  • Hibiscus moscheutos
  • Extremely sturdy, clumping perennial
  • 4-6 tall and wide
  • Wet to moist soil, sun
  • Pink or white flowers in summer
  • Dies back completely in winter

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Cardinal Flower
  • Lobelia cardinalis
  • Sun pt. shade
  • Wet to avg. soil
  • Flowers lt. summer, fall, 3-4 tall in flower
  • Short lived soil, self seeds
  • Do not mulch over crown in winter
  • Hummingbirds, butterflies

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Diversity
  • Great habitat
  • Reduces pest impact
  • Long flowering season

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Right plants in the right place
Oval Rain Garden
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Wetness zones
Dry Average Wet
Redbud Muhly Grass Butterflyweed
Orange Coneflower
Fringetree
Orange
Coneflower Blue Star
False Indigo
Washington Hawthorn Possumhaw River
Birch Swamp Milkweed Turtlehead R
iver Oats
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Laying out your garden
Formal grid
or freestyle
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Good planting technique
  • Water plants while in the container
  • Keep shaded until planting

36
Good planting technique
  • Dig a hole at least twice as wide as root ball or
    container
  • Rough up the sides of the hole

37
Good planting technique
  • Be kind to roots
  • Gently remove plant
  • from container

38
Good planting technique
  • Place root collar level with soil
  • Backfill loose soil with no air pockets
  • Tamp down firmly

39
Mulching
  • Removes pollution
  • Retains moisture
  • Prevents erosion

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Mulching
  • Mulch 2-4 inches
  • Use dense mulch
  • Replace periodically

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Do I need to water?
  • After planting, yes!
  • First season, yes!
  • In droughts, yes!
  • In rain, no!

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