Bioretention Cells, a.k.a. Rain Gardens

 

For most people, Bioretention Cells and Rain Gardens are stormwater management devices that mimic traditional landscaping. They are typically rather small in size compared to stormwater ponds and wetlands, and are designed to be DRY in between storms. Despite the between-storm dry conditions, Bioretention Cells and Rain Gardens are typically planted with native species normally found in the upper parts of wetlands.  This is because such species have evolved to handle both flooding and drought.

 

When such structures double as traditional landscaping in commercial settings and are well maintained, it is very appropriate to plant them with cultivars of native wetland plants rather than the wild type plants we sell.  If a less manicured look is acceptable, if large areas are to be planted with grasslike species, or if the device won't dry out completely between storms, the wild type plants we sell are more likely to perform well.

 

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Wetland Plants Inc.'s wild type plants are most appropriate for informal, massive, or poorly drained Bioretention Cells or Rain Gardens - NOT the highly drained, manicured small ones such as this!