Make a Splash is the next segment of Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness, the theme for the 2018 Garden Trends Report, we are diving deeper into.
There’s tremendous support for water as a decorative feature and environmental tactic. Preparing the garden to embrace storms and excess rainfall will not only help save water but also help to control storm water runoff.
The growing trend of filtering water with plants helps with healthy water management, while still keeping beauty in the garden.
So, where do we begin?
Make a Splash
“We are doing more than being in the business of making stormwater areas look pretty. We are in the health and well-being business.” - Zach Johnson, Colorado State University
Think about how much water runs through your gutter onto your lawn or garden.
Now, think about how much is wasted sitting in a puddle or running off the hardscapes.
You can’t change Mother Nature. But you can change the way you garden.
RainScaping is key to helping your garden thrive and recycling water.
Capturing rainwater where it falls and soaking it in recharges local groundwater and saves water. Plus it will save you money by reusing the water to give your plants a drink as it warms up.
Changing the landscape of your garden to be more rain friendly will help as well. For the places you cannot capture the water, creating swales and having rain tolerant plants, such as natives, will benefit from the onset of water.
But it’s not just rain. Adding a large water feature such as a fountain, reflective pool or pond will bring serenity and peace to your outdoor space. Keep it classic with black stones and smooth natural materials.
Trust us, including water in areas you haven’t before will help elevate your garden space and ensure your plants will be happy for years to come.