Amazing Rain Garden Plan

Reduce stormwater runoff and save on your watering bills with this rain garden plan. Check out the detailed illustrations for an easy-to-follow guide.

By Nancy J. Ondra

Five Plant Gardens by Nancy Ondra

If you have little to no gardening experience, but want to add color and texture to your yard, turn to Nancy J. Ondra’s new book Five-Plant Gardens (Storey Publishing, 2014). In this excerpt, from the chapter “Five-Plant Gardens for Full Sun to Partial Shade,” Ondra shows you how to create an amazing rain garden with detailed illustrations. Find another gorgeous garden plan here: Beautiful Butterfly Garden Plan.   

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Five Plant Gardens

When soil is covered up by buildings, paving, and other hard surfaces, it can’t absorb rainfall as it normally would. That water has to go somewhere, though, and often that means it flows into sewer systems that are already overtaxed by heavy rainfall. Installing a rain barrel to collect water from your roof is one great way to reduce stormwater runoff and save on your watering bills too. Planting a “rain garden” is another great way to do your part for the environment, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous perennial planting to enjoy as well.