Rain gardens offer so many benefits. These specially designed gardens filter pollutants from runoff, conserve water, remove standing water from your yard, and help keep water from potentially damaging your home, just to name a few.
Located in the heart of Des Moines, this cozy little front yard gave us the opportunity to install a rain garden. With its limited lot size, the home’s downspout and sump pump had no where to go during a heavy rain. A section of PVC was installed underground, connecting the two to an area about 15′ away from the foundation of the house. The existing soil was excavated about 24″ deep to be replaced with a sand, soil, compost mix. This is essential for good drainage. Without amending the soil, the garden would have had issues with heavy rains and draining fast enough, creating overflow and potential flooding. Measuring the square footage of the roof determined the size of the rain garden. A special formula will calculate this. It is also essential to create a shallow depression. The rain garden is not to be level with the existing landscape. In a heavy rain as the waters rise, a rain garden will contain the water with its shallow depression, and slowly filtrate it back into the soil. Planting native plants will also help with the water absorption and filtering water as they have a more extensive root system than non-native plantings. With this particular installation, New Jersey Tea Shrub was planted in the rain garden.
We are a proud supplier of Hocus Pocus Groundcovers from Midwest Groundcovers. Whether you are looking for something to fun to walk on, something to mix inbetween your shrubs and perennials, a new addition to a fairy garden, blooms to bring in pollinators, plants to grow under trees, we can offer a groundcover for every situation. Mixed with ornamental grasses, perennials and shrubs, groundcovers can also help ease the maintenance of weeding the garden! We offer complimentary online groundcover consultation. Send us a message at email@example.com with your groundcover questions!
We can find the right groundcover for your garden location, calculate exactly how many you need and order it for pick up at Plant Life Designs!
During our time quarantined in our homes with the spread of the Coronavirus, we can still find ways to keep growing. Thinking about the garden and planning for the future keeps us going during these more challenging times that we are in. Here are a few suggestions from your friends at Plant Life Designs!
Add a ‘wine garden’ to your landscape this season with these beautiful selections! See the recipe card below and if you need more assistance please give us a call! Order your plants today for a spring pick up. 515.996.8888
Ilex verticillata ‘Berry Poppins’ ‘Berry Poppins’ Winterberry This shrub is perfect for a pop of red in a snowy Iowa landscape! Reaching only 3-4′ tall and 3-4′ wide, makes it easy to add into your garden. The leaves on this plant will drop early, displaying large red colorful berries for the winter season. ‘Berry Poppins’ prefers full sun to part sun, with moist, well-drained soils. Pair with ‘Mr. Poppins’ for proper pollination.