In our July e-newsletter, we shared some tips on how to create a rain garden. One very important aspect of a rain garden is the flowers and shrubbery that are planted within it, which help to absorb the water and filter out impurities before they seep underground.

Not all plants are appropriate; the ones that are chosen need to be relatively hardy, able to resist flooding and drought. Here are some good perennials to consider:

Cardinal flower
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Black-eyed susan
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgia)


Swamp milkweed
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Swamp mallow
Swamp Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)


Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium)
Sedges (Carex)


Bluestar (Amsonia)
Turtlehead (Chelome)


Put the plants that are most tolerant to water in the deepest part of the rain garden, with more drought-tolerant ones around the edges. Mulch the area to facilitate water absorption and prevent overflow.

The plants you choose will add color and vibrancy to your rain garden, and will be a haven for birds and beneficial insects. So let you inner artist emerge, plant a menagerie of flowers and shrubs, and watch your rain garden come to life!