RAIN GARDENS AND WET PLACES


  Samples Of Our Work
  Our Services, Philosophy
     and Prices
  Slide Shows and Events
  Plant Sales
  Educational Links
  Native Plants and
    Seed Sources
  Our Newsletters
  Conservation Foundation
     and Certification
  Monarch Butterfly Waystations
  Contact Us
  Home

Clarendon Hills

This steeply sloped yard in Clarendon Hills just asked to be home to a rain garden. What with the downspout and Birch, the area was a perfect fit. Here is the garden, newly designed and planted in May of 2006.

Note the downspout, waterfall, streambed, garden basin, stonework and overflow.

missing pic

Missing pic

Here is a close up of the "waterfall", just after its creation in May, 2006. During a rain, the stream and garden get water from the downspout, but a hidden garden hose acts as a secondary water source to create a flowing stream when desired.


This photo was taken in August of 2006, three months after planting the garden.

We amended the terrible soil wherever we planted with composted humus and manure. Native plants do well in poor soils.

missing pic

Missing pic

See the gnarled old tree stump? Isn't this a nice sight to see when you get into your car to go to work in the morning?


View from the front of the house looking down the stream into the flower bed. A little bridge over the stream would be nice for the children to play on.

missing pic

Missing pic
Missing pic

The owners' little boy, seen here in August of 2006, loved to play in the stream. His parents put the bridge in right away. Here it is in May of 2012.

Missing pic

The rain garden, in its entirety, seen in context with the rest of the neighborhood.

Missing pic
Missing pic

We planted Wild White Indigo, Baptisia leucantha, (left) and Wild Blue Indigo, Baptisia australis. Both are Legumes, members of the bean family, which means they enrich the soil with nitrogen. They both are blooming at the same time and are strikingly beautiful. The Wild Blue Indigo can become quite a very large plant.

Missing pic

The entire garden matured nicely. It is the most beautiful yard in tne neighborhood.





This site designed by:
lombard and Thomas Website Design