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Native Plants for Rain Gardens from Fischer Design (April 23, 2011)

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Ronda Fischer, a landscape architect, give comprehensive presentation on native plants from the midwest for use in rain gardens and bioswales.

Ronda Fischer, a landscape architect, give comprehensive presentation on native plants from the midwest for use in rain gardens and bioswales.

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  • 1. Native Plants in Rain Gardens
    Ronda Fischer, RLA, ASLA
    Fischer Design, LLC
    fischerdesign@tds.net 317.910.8164 www.fischerdesignllc.com
    © 2011, Ronda Fischer
  • 2. Natives verses Non-Natives
    Rain Garden Plants Must Tolerate Alternating Cycles of
    Wet and Dry Soil Conditions.
  • 3. Natives verses Non-Natives
    Deep Root Systems of Native Plants
  • 4. Natives verses Non-Natives
    Native Plants Require Less Care Once Established
    Less Watering No Fertilizers No Pesticides
  • 5. Natives verses Non-Natives
    Native Plants Provide Valuable Wildlife Habitat
    Birds, Butterflies and Many Beneficial Insects
  • 6. Plant Selection
    Light Requirements
    More Plant Choices in Full Sun
  • 7. Plant Selection
    Moisture Requirements
    Bottom, Sides & Rim
  • 8. Plant Selection
    Plant Type
    Trees Shrubs Perennials Grasses
  • 9. Plant Selection
    Mature Height and Aggressiveness
    Lower Stature Plants Prevent Weedy Look
  • 10. Plant Selection
    Cardinal Flower
    Aug.-Sept.
    Bottle Gentian
    Sept.-Oct.
    Golden Ragwort
    April-May
    Bloom Times, Textures and Colors
  • 11. Plant Selection
    Appearance
    Borders & Mown Edges Maintain a Kept Appearance
  • 12. Plant Selection
    Use a Variety of Species to Naturally Select
  • 13. Plant Selection
    Other Special Considerations
    Select Plants to Attract Songbirds, Butterflies and Other Beneficial Insects
  • 14. Planting
    Considerations
    Spacing, Planting Time, Distribution
    Minimize Soil Compaction, Mulching, Flagging
  • 15. Expectations
    The First Few Years
    Native Plants are Establishing Roots Systems
  • 16. Maintenance
    Hand Weed Water
    Maintain Mulch to Protect Soil
    Repair Damage and Erosion
    Never Use Fertilizers or Pesticides
    Annual Removal of Previous Year’s Growth
  • 17. Native Plants
    Brome Hummock Sedge
    1’
    Yellow Fox Sedge
    1’-2’
    Frank’s Sedge
    1’-2’
    Meadow Sedge
    1’
    Grasses and Sedges
  • 18. Native Plants
    Fox Sedge
    1’-2’
    Tufted Hair Grass
    1’-2’
    Reddish Bulrush
    3’-4’
    Prairie Dropseed
    1’-2’
    Grasses and Sedges
  • 19. Native Plants
    Marsh Milkweed
    3’-4’
    July-Aug
    Blue Flag
    1’-2’
    May-June
    Autumn Sneezeweed
    3’-4’
    Sept-Oct
    Monkeyflower
    2’-4’
    July-Aug
    Wildflowers for Bottom
  • 20. Native Plants
    Sweet Black-Eyed Susan
    3’-4’
    Aug-Sept
    Smooth Ironweed
    3’-4’
    Aug-Sept
    Wildflowers for Bottom
  • 21. Native Plants
    Bottle Gentian
    1’-2’
    Sept-Oct
    Bluemist Flower
    1’-2’
    Aug-Sept
    Cardinal Flower
    2’-3’
    Aug-Sept
    Great Blue Lobelia
    2’-3’
    Aug-Sept
    Wildflowers for Sides
  • 22. Native Plants
    Foxglove Beardtongue
    1’-2’
    May-June
    Smooth Beardtongue
    1’-2’
    May-June
    Mountain Mint
    1’-2’
    July-Aug
    Golden Ragwort
    1’-2’
    April-May
    Wildflowers for Sides
  • 23. Native Plants
    Shining Aster
    3’-4’
    Sept-Oct
    Obedient Plant
    2’-3’
    Aug-Sept
    New England Aster
    3’-4’
    Sept-Oct
    Boneset
    3’-4’
    Aug-Sept
    Wildflowers for Sides
  • 24. Native Plants
    Dense Blazing Star
    3’-5’
    July-Aug
    Riddell’s Goldenrod
    2’-3’
    Sept-Oct
    Purple Coneflower
    2’-3’
    July-Aug
    Wildflowers for Sides
  • 25. Thank You
    317.852.8440
    www.brownsburglandscape.com
    www.frazeegardens.net
    317.910.8164
    www.fischerdesignllc.com