Native perennial flowering plants grown in a shallow depression recharge groundwater supplies and reduce pollutants washing into lakes and streams. You'll find detailed garden plans in Rain Gardens: A How-to Manual for Homeowners.
By reducing stormwater runoff, rain gardens can be a valuable part of changing these trends. While an individual rain garden may seem like a small thing, collectively they produce substantial neighborhood and community environmental benefits. Rain gardens work for us in several ways: . Increasing the amount of water that filters into the ground, which recharges local and regional aquifers; . Helping protect communities from flooding and drainage problems; . Helping protect streams and lakes from pollutants carried by urban stormwater – lawn fertilizers and pesticides, oil and other fluids that leak from cars, and numerous harmful substances that wash off roofs and paved areas; . Enhancing the beauty of yards and neighborhoods; . Providing valuable habitat for birds, butterflies and many beneficial insect