Jan from Roadhouse Nursery created a Rain Garden to collect the runoff from the driveway and allow it to filter into the ground instead of going directly into our ponds and polluting them with road oil and antifreeze from Central Valley Road.  We recieved a Clean Water Partner for Business Stormwater Management Award for our rain garden installation.

Individuals or groups are welcome to view the Rain Garden at the nursery during business hours.  It is best to call ahead to arrange a tour by Jan.


Zone 1 plants tolerate very wet conditions

Acorus gramineus                 Japanese sweetflag                           perennial*

Acorus g. ‘Ogon’                    Golden japanese sweetflag              perennial*

Acorus g. ‘Pusillus Aurea’    Dwarf golden japanese sweetflag   perennial*

Acorus g. ‘Variegatus’          Variegated Japanese sweetflag       perennial*

Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’       Dwarf redtwig dogwood                   shrub

Eriophorum angustifolium   Cotton grass                                        perennial*

Juncus patans ‘Elk’s Blue’    Elk’s blue rush                                    perennial*

*evergreen


Zone 2 plants - tolerate occasionally wet conditions

Azalea viscosum                   Swamp azalea                                   shrub

Bergenia crassifolia              Winter blooming bergenia              perennial*

Blechnum spicant                 Deer fern                                            perennial*

Caltha palustris ‘Multiplex’   Double Marsh Marigold                  perennial

Iris siberica                              Siberian Iris                                        perennial

Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’    Little Henry Sweetspire                  shrub*

Juncus inflexus ‘Afro’            Blue corkscrew rush                        perennial*

Primula veris                          Cowslip                                               perennial

Polystichum munitum          Western sword fern                         perennial*

Schizostylis coccinea           Crimson flag                                      perennial


*evergreen


 

These plants and many others suited to rain gardens are available at your local independent nurseries.

Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners - WSU Pierce County Extension:
A digital copy of the handbook can be downloaded from http://ext100.wsu.edu/raingarden/homeowner-resource/