Kaninchen Farm

Working to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Rain Garden Plants

What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is a planted depression that collects the rainwater. This can be water off of your roof, driveway, or even lawn. Rain gardens slow the water down, they filter it, and return it safely to the groundwater supply - all within 24-48 hours. Rain gardens can help improve the health of streams/rivers, reduce pollution, and can improve your property in many ways. 


Rain garden plants must be able to withstand a lot of water and be drought tolerant as well. They need to have good root systems and be able to soak up the water quickly and to be able to get water from underground if needed.


Please note that if a plant is listed here as medicinal, that means that it has been used historically as a medicinal. Do not consume anything medicinal without consulting with your health care provider.


Blue Flag Iris

Yellow Iris

Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris - edible

Columbine Aguilegia ‘Biedermeier - medicinal

Comfrey Symphytum Uplandicum - medicinal

Elderberry Sambucus nigra- edible, medicinal

Service Berry  Amelanchier - edible



Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus - edible

Purple Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum - edible

Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum - medicinal

Lizard’s Tail Saururus cernuus - medicinal

Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum - medicinal

 

Photo Gallery

Please note that unless specifically stated, these plants are all from Google until mine grow big enough to photograph.