Pro Landscaper has partnered with ACO Building and Landscape to bring you a series of articles that look at different aspects of garden design. The fifth and final piece will provide two tips on how to create the perfect rain garden.
Long dry spells, followed by heavy, sustained rainfall, is becoming increasingly common in the UK. This presents a challenge to landscapers, who are tasked with designing a garden that flourishes and continues to look great throughout these two contrasting conditions. A solution that many are turning to is the rain garden, a system where all the excess rainwater is filtered through the garden and into a desirable location. Here are our top two tips on how to achieve the perfect rain garden.
Tip 1: Install effective drainage systems
Too much water falling from high level areas, such as roofs, can cause pooling or flooding, damaging the landscaped area. By using a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) that discreetly moves surplus water to low-lying or water runoff areas, you can prevent water from building up and damaging the garden. This is a great way to ensure water is taken to plants that can thrive in wet conditions, and away from any that prefer drier conditions.
Tip 2: Introduce drought resistant plants
When creating your rain garden, you should surround the indentation with drought resistant plants. This type of plant can thrive in drier conditions meaning they can survive in areas where water is being drained effectively.
There are a variety of drought resistant plants that can bring life and colour to your garden, including Fuchsia ‘Riccartonii’, Iris ‘Tropic Night’ and Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’. It should also be noted that when these are planted, they can have an impact on the success of a rain garden. These should be planted in either early spring or early autumn, to ensure they have time to establish themselves before the weather gets harsh.
For more information about drainage systems for rain gardens, visit ACO’s website at https://www.aco.co.uk/garden-+-landscape