How to Create a Rain Garden with Native Plants

Discover how to plant a rain garden with American Native Plants!

Discover how to plant a rain garden with American Native Plants!

A rain garden is a planted depression in a landscape designed to capture stormwater runoff before it empties into streets or storm drains. They serve a functional purpose, but rain gardens can also offer a variety of other benefits to your Maryland home. Discover why you should consider adding a rain garden to your property, and how to create one using native plants.

The Benefits of a Rain Garden

Capture Natural Rain Water

Chemicals such as chlorine are typically found in municipally treated water, which can negatively impact your property’s grass and plants. Rain gardens capture runoff from your rooftop, which tends to be warmer than water from a sprinkler or hose as well. Generally, rooftop water is a preferred choice for sensitive native species that need moisture to thrive.

Reduce Stress on Local Streams

The volume and force of stormwater runoff can be devastating for local fish spawning grounds and other habitats found in local streams. Rain gardens can limit this negative runoff, which is often mixed with oils, pesticides, animal wastes, and various other pollutants.

Attracts Wildlife

An effective rain garden allows for water to rejuvenate your property, which can attract local species of birds and other various wildlife. Birdwatching is certainly a way to pass the time, but improving a habitat helps can increase pollination and other natural processes necessary for growth.

Native Plants

Rain gardens are planted with native plants that will attract local wildlife, such as birds or butterflies, to your yard. Using native plants ensures the resilience of the garden itself to the local climate change. If you are looking for more information on specific native plants to be used for a rain garden, please contact American Native Plants!


Whether you’re looking to restore a local wetland or beautify your property, American Native Plants can provide you with the right plants for the job. With an inventory of over 400,000 native trees, native shrubs, and herbaceous plants, consider American Native Plants your one-stop shop for wholesale native plant needs. Peruse our catalog, give us a call, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!

We look forward to hearing from you!

American Native Plants
7500 Marshy Point Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

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