If you’ve ever tried your hand at gardening, you know that it’s a constant struggle to get the level of moisture just right. Regardless of what types of flowers you’re trying to grow, it seems like our weather is either too dry or too wet to have consistent success. And outside of the norms, there are periods of extreme drought or way too much rain. It’s enough to drive even the most experienced gardener to their wit’s end. However, there’s a solution that’s becoming more and more popular: rain gardens.

Rain gardens have several benefits for South Carolina gardeners. The most noticeable one is their ease. According to the Carolina Rain Garden Initiative, rain gardens should be simple by design, which will automatically reduce the level of maintenance required. They should also include native plants whenever possible (including Rudbeckia Goldsturm). These plants are easy to grow in soil that can sometimes be difficult, like the red clay we have here in York County. Additionally, the plants you choose should be able to withstand drought, as well as periods of standing water.

But there’s an even bigger benefit that you may not be aware of. Rain gardens are an excellent way to control stormwater runoff. Instead of water pooling up and flooding a yard, parking lot, or sidewalk, it can be diverted to a rain garden. The plants will receive water naturally and nearby areas will be kept free from standing water.

Interested in learning more about rain gardens? Stop by the garden center at Rolling Hills Nursery & Landscaping. We’re experts in Rock Hill, SC landscaping. Let us help you create a beautiful garden that also serves a purpose.