Perennial Plant Selections for a Rain Garden

Recommended by Bill Ruppert, National Nursery Products – St Louis

Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata

Rear-Border – tall/”thrillers” – greater than 36″

  • GN Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed)
  • Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’ (Swamp milkweed)
  • GN Aster novae-angliae (New England aster)
  • Eupatorium dubium ‘Little Joe’ (Joe Pye)
  • Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’ (Joe Pye)
  • GN Hibiscus lasiocarpus (Hairy rose mallow)
  • Hibiscus ‘Anne Arundel’ (Rose mallow – pink)
  • Hibiscus ‘Blue River II’ (Rose mallow – white)
  • Hibiscus ‘Fireball’ (Rose mallow- red)
  • Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (Rose mallow – bi-color)
  • Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’ (Siberian iris)
  • GN Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie blazing star)
  • Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (Bigleaf ligularia)
  • Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’ (Bigleaf ligularia)
  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Huron Sunrise’ (Maiden grass)
  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Little Zebra’ (Dwarf zebra grass)
  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ (Variegated maiden grass)
  • GN Monarda fistulosa (Wild bergamot)
  • GN Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet coneflower)
  • Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’ (Sweet coneflower)
  • GN Silphium perfoliatum (Cup plant)
  • GN Solidago rigida (Stiff goldenrod)
  • GN Verbena hastata (Blue vervain)
  • GN Vernonia fasciculata (Ironweed)
  • GN Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)
  • Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ (Culver’s root)

Mid-Border – medium/”fillers” – 12-36″

  • Acorus calamus ‘Variegatus’ (Variegated sweet flag)
  • Amsonia hubrichtii (Blue star)
  • GN Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue star)
  • Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ (Dwarf blue star)
  • Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden’ (Gold sedge)
  • Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ (Variegated sedge)
  • GN Carex muskingumensis (Palm sedge)
  • Carex muskingumensis ‘Oehme’ (Variegated palm sedge)
  • GN Carex stricta (Tussock sedge)
  • GN Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern River oats) [prone to EXTENSIVE self-seeding]
  • GN Chelone glabra (Turtlehead) [prone to EXTENSIVE colonizing]
  • Chelone glabra ‘Hot Lips’ (Turtlehead) [prone to EXTENSIVE colonizing]
  • GN Iris virginica shrevei (Southern blue flag)
  • GN Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower) [prone to EXTENSIVE self-seeding]
  • GN Lobelia siphilitica (Great blue lobelia)
  • Nepeta subsessilis (Showy catmint)
  • Nepeta subsessilis ‘Candy Cat’ (Showy catmint)
  • GN Physostegia virginiana (Obedient plant) [prone to EXTENSIVE colonizing]
  • Physostegia virginiana ‘Vivid’ (Obedient plant) [prone to EXTENSIVE colonizing]
  • GN Pycnanthemum virginicum (Mountain mint)
  • GN Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander)

Border-Edge – low/spreading/”spillers” – up to 12″

  • Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’ (Dwarf Chinese astilbe)
  • Carex hachijoensis ‘Evergold’ (Variegated Japanese sedge)
  • Mazus reptans (Creeping mazus)
  • GN Senecio aureus (Golden groundsel) [flower stem is 24-30″] [prone to EXTENSIVE self-seeding]
  • GN Senecio obovatus (Squaw-weed) [flower stem is 18-24″]

GN = Grow Native
[] = This plant information provided by Bohn’s Farm


About Mike Perry

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