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Rain Garden Designs for Homeowners

Creative And Brilliant Rain Garden Designs for Homeowners

Know some interesting ideas on rain garden designs for homeowners, if you're on the lookout for some. Find out how you can make your outdoors look pretty, while the water gets drained into the soil below.
Sujata Iyer
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018
The first thing that comes to your mind when one mentions rain is the lovely droplets falling onto the ground and quenching the thirst of the parched earth. In fact, a rain garden does as a matter of fact, do something like that.
Colorful flower garden
So, what is a rain garden? A rain garden is a garden that is made in a slightly depressed area in front of a home. It is built near a source of surface runoff, which is its primary source of irrigation.
Ornamental Garden
When you make a garden in a depression close to a water runoff source, like a water spout, a slope, or even a sidewalk, the water runs into the depression (read rain garden) and gets absorbed into the earth there.
Garden Path With Flowers
It is a great method of rainwater harvesting, than simply letting the water stagnate and be of no use. Here are some ideas for rain garden design for homeowners, along with some tips on how you can go about building one.
Blossoming Spring Flowers
Design your garden such that it forms the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. You can have different types and colors of soil in the pieces of the puzzle and plant different plants in each individual patch.
For instance, you can have dark soil and a flowering bush in one piece, and sand and a cactus variety in another. This way the garden will look nice when there are no plants too, because of the different colored soils and also after the plants grow and bear flowers!
Grasses and Flowers
Flowerbed In A Park
Though this may be a simple idea, its effectiveness need not be doubted. Get some really tall native grass seeds and plant them in the patch that you've chosen for your rain garden.
Get some pretty flowering plants that grow in stalks rather than clumps or bunches to accentuate the beauty of your little green patch. You can outline the patch to form a kidney shape. It will have a welcoming and charming appeal to guests and passersby!
Pebbles and Fountain
Here's another good idea you may want to try to make your rain garden not only drain enough water, but also look pleasing. First outline the patch that you've decided to plant with some really pretty white pebbles.
You can get big, smooth pebbles, or you can even use gravel for the outline. Now, within the patch, in the center, you can place a self watering fountain or simply place a huge painted pot to resemble a cauldron.
Around this fountain or cauldron, you can either simply plant lawn grass or plant one single variety of a flowering bush or shrub. The contrast will look very pretty and inviting and render a cool environment to the visitors.
Succulent plant
In order to make the best use of these rain garden designs for homeowners, take care that you use good rain garden plants. Also, make sure that your rain garden is at least ten feet away from your home, to avoid seepage into the foundation of your home.
Circles In The Garden
Use appropriate soil that is capable of draining the water well. You can test the draining ability of the soil in the area by digging a hole and filling it with water to check how much time it takes to drain. Follow these steps and have a gorgeous garden in your front or backyard and save precious water!