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 (front) (back).
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.
Southwest Plant Selector (SW Plant) App
Xeriscaping landscaping means more than covering an area with gravel or rocks. Homeowners and landscapers have 750 plants to choose from when designing a low-water-use yard. New Mexico State University has developed a mobile app for use with Apple products that links users to a database of water-wise plants developed by the New Mexico office of the State Engineer. Users can search by the scientific or common name of the plant, as well as other criteria. With an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, information and photos can be obtained about the wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, cacti, turf grasses, ornamental grasses, groundcover and vine plants in the database. Information available about each plant includes the size, flower color, bloom season, soil needs, sun exposure and water requirements to help with their landscape design. The SW Plants App can be downloaded from iTunes, or an online version is available here. There is also a YouTube demonstration video demonstrating how to use the mobile app.
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.
Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
This manual was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources & the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Updated March 4, 2013