A local merchant referred the client to us. The objective was to deal with a water issue that they had on site. They were currently running their sump pump from the South side of the home to the North side through a 2” corrugated pipe above the surface of the ground. This pipe was then discharging water down their driveway and the water was directly being sent into the storm sewer. Other problems they were having with this method was that being on the bottom of a hill in the cul-de-sac they were prone to a lot of surface water runoff, and the driveway became a slippery ice rink in the winter that could have been a safety issue for them as well as a liability. We decided to create a fifty foot long bio-swale / rain garden that would minimize the majority of their water issues and allow the water to infiltrate back into the ground on site. Along this swale we used a combination of Mississippi decorative stone with black granite boulder accents. The rain garden was then planted with a 90% native 10% non native plant pallet.
- Sod cutter
- Drainage pipe
- Mississippi decorative stone
- Black granite boulders
- Mixed hardwood mulch
- Sensitive fern
- Blue false indigo
- Pennsylvania sedge
- Fox sedge
- Copper oval headed rush
- Wild stonecrop sedum
- Lilly x species
- Pixie x meadowbrite coneflower
- Mugo mugo pine
- St. Johns wort
- Blue flag iris
Conceptual hand drawn 2-D landscape design, for a clients home located in Wauwatosa, WI. Plan includes multiple rain garden depressions, dry riverbed stone work elements as well as native plants.
Clients home located in Wauwatosa, Wi prior to any work being started. A large portion of the lawn will be removed to accomodate a rain garden and dry riverbed.
Wisconsin black granite boulder work, with various sizes of Mississippi decorative stone. Stonework to act as a dry riverbed and a natural backdrop for the native plants in the rain garden located in Wauwatosa, WI.
Completion of rain garden and dry riverbed installtion in the first year of this project. A plant palette comprised of predominantly native plants located in Wauwatosa, WI.
Recently maintained rain garden and dry riverbed. Native plants starting to get a foot hold establishing themselves and noticeably larger in second year. Project located in Wauwatosa, WI.
Rain garden with mature native plantings in year three, stonework has now become a backdrop for the plants. Successful landscape installation located in Wauwatosa, WI.