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Rain gardens are specially constructed gardens that collect rain water from homes and businesses and use it to grow plants, shrubs and trees. Water from roof drains is collected in a trough beneath the garden and this water is used by the plants to grow. Excess water is gradually absorbed into the ground and does not enter the storm sewer systems. This keeps rain water on your property and out of storm sewers where it can cause flooding and scour stream banks, causing erosion.
The Westmoreland Conservation District has compiled a list of native plants suitable for rain gardens in southwestern Pennsylvania and a planting guide for four different types of rain gardens: Shrubs only, Birds & Butterflies, Perennials only and Seasonal Interest.
For more details on Rain Gardens, please visit Westmoreland Conservation District at www.wcdpa.com or call 724-837-5271.