Native plants are essential for your rain garden. Their deep root systems help filter contaminates and allow groundwater to infiltrate more effectively. Choose plants that serve multiple functions, like the Big Bluestem, which is not only beautiful when it blooms, but also provides shelter and food for wildlife. Other plants to consider include Ohio spiderwort, Swamp sunflower, and Hosta. Read on to learn more about these plants and more!
As the name suggests, hostas are drought-tolerant plants that thrive in moist areas. If you want to plant hostas in your rain garden, here are some helpful tips. For starters, be sure to plant hostas with good drainage. This will reduce the risk of root rot. Hostas are tolerant of drought and will tolerate some shade. Some of the most commonly used hostas are Sum and Substance and ‘Cutting Edge’. These plants have wavy leaves that turn gold in spring and are ideal for shadier gardens.
If you want to grow hostas in a rain garden, consider planting a variety of color varieties. The leaves of hostas can range from heart-shaped to lance-shaped. Blue hostas look especially stunning when combined with coral bells. However, you should note that blue hostas need more shade than other colors and require a lot of care. Christmas ferns are great perennials, and they stay colorful during the coldest months.
Another good plant for rain gardens is the butterfly weed. The flowers of this plant will attract monarch butterflies in their larval stage. Their orange flowers will also attract adult butterflies to feed on the nectar. The tall weed will grow to a height of two to three feet, depending on the variety. It is hardy in USDA Gardening Zones four through ten. If you’re looking for low-maintenance flowers, you can choose among a variety of hosta varieties.
For a colorful rain garden, consider planting columbine plants. The “Kickin” series of columbine plants are especially attractive. The asters will thrive in full sun or partial shade and will flower in late summer and early fall. Aside from providing attractive flowers to your rain garden, asteroids are important nectar sources for butterflies, especially Monarchs. They are hardy in Zones four through nine.
This bright, purple-blue plant is a favorite of bees and butterflies. Its bright flowers attract late-flying pollinators, including bees and butterflies, which will swarm your plant’s blossoms and pollen. These flowers are also attractive to other insects. If you have a rain garden, consider adding a few purple coneflower plants. In addition to their bright colors, these plants are good choices for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife to your garden.
The Cutleaf coneflower is a hardy native plant that thrives in Tennessee’s climate. They bloom from mid-summer into the fall, and are a low-maintenance plant. You can start coneflower seeds indoors in the spring and plant them outdoors in early summer. Space the plants a few feet apart and cut back in fall to maintain their shape. This plant can grow to be two to four feet tall, depending on the variety you choose.
For rain gardens, you can plant plants that will thrive in poor soils. The best plants to plant in such soils include purple coneflower, daylily, and American beautyberry, which provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. Those with dry soils should also consider using sweet pepperbush, redtwig dogwood, and deciduous holly. These are all plants with excellent water-filtering qualities and will help keep your garden looking great in the long run.
When planning a rain garden, use native plants and perennials that can handle wet feet. You should also consider adding some lady ferns, summersweet, and purple coneflower to your garden. While these are not the only native plants you can use, they do look nice and bloom in the rain garden when the rain is in full swing. If you don’t have a rain garden, summersweet is a good choice. Summersweet grows five to six feet tall, has a fragrant pink flower, and is suitable for zones four to nine.
The Ohio spiderwort is a perennial plant that grows to about 3 feet tall. This plant thrives in full sun to part shade and has slender, grass-like leaves. Ohio spiderwort also attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies. It has long, continuous blooming periods and tolerates a variety of soil types and climates. Like many native plants, it is pest resistant and easy to grow in rain gardens.
Another good plant for rain gardens is the Ohio spiderwort. This plant grows up to three feet tall and has clustered flowers. It is an excellent choice for Zones 4-9 and grows well in full sun. It is also quite drought-resistant. Despite its short life span, it still contributes to the rain garden, and it is an excellent addition to any rain garden. This perennial also grows well in full sun and is an excellent choice for the rain garden.
Another native plant is the showy goldenrod. This plant is a perennial that grows to about three feet. It has tiny yellow flowers that bloom in a panicle-like arrangement. These flowers grow in clusters in the midsummer and are attractive to native pollinators. Also, Ohio spiderwort is easy to grow, even in full sun. Its leaves are rough and hairy and it tolerates many soil conditions.
Daylilies are another great plant for a rain garden. They come in a variety of colors and bloom continuously for about four weeks. Daylilies do best in Zones 3 to 8, where they do well. The swamp milkweed is another beautiful choice. It grows to about three to four feet tall and attracts many pollinators. The purple coneflower is also hardy and requires little maintenance. It also produces echinacea tea and echinacea supplements.
The genus Hibiscus includes several varieties: grandiflorus, lasiocarpos, laevis, and moscheutos. All of them grow to six feet tall, and feature clusters of fragrant, maroon-centered pink flowers. In the north, these plants flower from midsummer to early fall. However, they bloom earlier in warmer climates. Hibiscus plants are known for their low-maintenance and hardiness, making them ideal rain garden plants.
Another great rain garden plant is the Swamp Sunflower. This native perennial grows in abundance throughout the southeastern United States, where it can be found from NY to TX. This plant has a unique root system that makes it ideal for absorbing water and managing erosion. It also looks beautiful and attracts hummingbirds and bumblebees to the area. Swamp sunflowers are also salt-tolerant, making them a good choice for coastal climates, since they prefer wet and sandy soil.
The Swamp Sunflower is a popular choice for rain gardens, as its flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. This plant grows to two to four feet tall, and is low-maintenance. It also self-sows in Tennessee’s warm summers. If you’re growing Swamp Sunflowers, you can expect them to bloom in midsummer through early fall.
Choosing the right plant material for a rain garden is an important step in achieving success. The right plants will make the project a success. Make sure to choose native plants and understand where they will thrive. Swamp sunflowers can tolerate up to six inches of water and will help the landscape in the aftermath of a rainstorm. If you’re planting a rain garden in North Florida, make sure to consult your local Extension office for information on native plants.
The Black-eyed Susan is the most familiar rain garden plant, but its popularity has been growing for decades. Its large flowers are perfect for mass plantings and produce yellow-gold blooms from mid-summer through fall. The plant stands two to three feet tall, and it attracts songbirds because its seed heads are appealing to them. It is hardy from zones four to 10 and grows in nearly any soil.
Its genus contains both annual and perennial varieties. The perennial form is called Rudbeckia fulgida, and the annual form is called Rudbeckia hirta. Both plants are low-maintenance and require little maintenance. Once established, a Black-eyed Susan can grow to be up to six feet tall. It can be planted in early spring or late fall to benefit from early summer rains.
A mugo pine is a great rain garden plant. It grows slowly to five feet and has no flowers. It also prefers full sunlight. Unlike other plants, it will not grow well in shade. The black-eyed Susan can grow up to three feet tall and requires a good deal of space to spread out. This plant will attract pollinators. It is a versatile rain garden plant and will be a good addition to your garden.
If you’re not sure what plants are best for rain gardens, try consulting northeast nursery catalogues for plant suggestions. In addition to the Northeast nursery catalog, you can look for rain garden manuals. You may also want to check out rain garden manuals published by the University of New Hampshire. These are excellent sources of rain garden information for landscapers and landowners. Native plants also make excellent rain garden plants because they are hardy, drought-tolerant, and can withstand standing water for short periods of time. Unlike seeds and weeds, these plants have deep roots and assist water infiltration.