Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Rain Garden Plants
Do you have an ideal spot for a rain garden? Or do you simply want to add one of these sustainable gardens to your landscape? Check out Rain Garden Plants for a place to find absolutely every type of plant that will thrive in wet conditions. This site lists trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants and gives you the option of making and saving your own list. It has information on hardiness and a plant finder feature to help with selection.

Books

Building a Rain Garden
The Blue Thumb Guide to Rain Gardens by Rusty Schmidt and David Dods Dan Shaw (2007) is an approachable reference for building a rain garden in the upper Midwest. It will appeal to beginners with its straightforward information and descriptions, but also has enough detail to satisfy professional designers with instructions on building rain gardens for their clients. Best of all, it includes several examples of rain garden plans.

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