Rain Garden & Xeriscape Landscaping Information
Edmond's Rain Garden Brochure
Designed by Edmond's Stormwater Quality Staff, this brochure discusses how to conduct soil testing, select soil amendments, construct a rain garden, and offers examples of native plants that can be used in your rain garden (PDF version).
Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) Rain Garden Academy
Rain Garden Tips: This tip sheet from the IRWP provides 5 tips to help you design your own rain garden.
Rain Garden FAQs: This 2-page handout goes over the 10 most frequently asked questions about rain gardens.
For more information about rain gardens from IRWP, please visit their website.
University of Connecticut Rain Garden App
The UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) has developed a FREE Rain Garden smart phone app that is now available for download from iTunes. The App is currently only available for the iPhone but an Android version is being developed and will be available in April 2013. Through 2 - 4 minute video tutorials, diagrams, text, and tools, the App guides you though determining the size and placement of your garden, selecting plants, digging and planting your garden, and maintaining your garden. It also includes tools for determining your soil type, measuring the size of the area that will drain to your garden, and managing multiple rain garden projects. The drawback to this version is that the mapping and plant selector tools are specific to Southern New England. The designers are planning to expand the App for use in other regions as soon as they acquire funding. Until then, please check out Edmond's Rain Garden Brochure (above) or the websites listed below for plants more suitable for Oklahoma's climate. Visit their website to learn more about the App and rain gardens.
Oklahoma Proven is a plant promotion program coordinated by faculty in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. The goal of the program is to recommend plants well-adapted for use across Oklahoma.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a database of commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Oklahoma.