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drainage from street

Hi, we get the drainage from the road into our yard. It's a small slopy area. What can we use instead of grass? I was thinkin of a rock garden. Also farther back we have a small brook from and the lawn by it stays wet. What can we do?
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That's a perfect spot for what is called a Rain Garden...planted with species that don't mind water periodically draining into their bed. We published a Rain Garden Plan in the Early Spring 2006 issue of Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine. Here are the plants we included:

Bristly sedge (Carex comosa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Wild sweet William (Phlox maculata)

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

Wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis)

Great spike rush (Eleocharis palustris)

Weeping willow (Salix babylonica)

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Path rush (Juncus tenuis)

American sloughgrass (Beckmannia syzigachne)

New England aster (Aster novae-angliae)

Prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Marsh St. John's wort (Hypericum virginicum)

Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum)

Good luck!

Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine

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