What Plants Are Perfect for a Rain Garden?

There is nothing more beautiful than a well maintained rain garden. In case you want to find out more about how to create such a garden, here are a few tips on how to do it. At first make a little research about the rain gardens and find as much possible info as you can. The rain garden is a creation that cannot exist without the rain-water runoff from paths and driveways.

Therefore, not every plant is suitable for that type of garden. You should know that you can only grow trees and flowers that have a large root structure; otherwise they cannot reach the way down for the needed water.

sweet gumThose plants with large root system and structure are perfect for the rain gardens, for they can survive flooding and even dry conditions thanks to their roots and the water deep down in the soil.

Here are some of the plants you should grow in such a garden. The sweet gum is a very convenient plant and it is also called red gum. It is also part of the hazel family, which is well known as a family with solid root structure.

The sweet gum grows very easily and it is usually a high plant, depending on the weather conditions. Its flowers are extremely attractive as they bloom in deep red colors during fall.

You can only plant the sweet gum in a well-drained soil; otherwise it will not grow healthy.

Another famous plant for a rain garden is the interrupted Fern. It is an extremely tall plant as it can grow up to 5 feet tall. Usually the plant is grown for landscaping, for it has interesting leaves and bloom.

You should plant it only in a full shade and in a soil, which is moist all the time. The interrupted Fern is also a very beautiful plant, so you should plant it as a centerpiece of your garden.


Another good plant is the Bunchberry Dogwood, considered as the most beautiful plant grown in rain gardens. It grows up to 6 inches tall and it has an unusual shape. The leaves are oval-shaped and very dark green, while the blooms are snow white or tender pink, which creates a certain contrast between leaves and blooms. The Bunchberry Dogwood blooms in summer, from May to September, and it requires a lot of sun.

Plant it only in full sun area as the soil must be moist, but not wet. The Bunchberry Dogwood needs some fertilizers each year, in order to grow healthy and beautiful.