When looking for unique contemporary garden design ideas, the possibilities are endless. As new materials come into use, more and more garden designs are possible. If you are undecided on which garden design to choose, then have a look at rain gardens for inspiration.
A rain garden is probably something you haven’t considered before, it’s a special design which allows rain water to run off the roofs and be specially absorbed within the garden. By having a rain garden, you can help the environment by allowing storm water to be absorbed into the ground rather than clogging up drains. In fact, it has been proven that rain gardens can cut down the amount of pollution going into streams by 30%!
The concept of the rain garden is relatively new, having only been invested in 1990 by a housing developer. The garden was proven to be very cost efficient and effective towards the environment. Research completed on rain gardens over the course of two years showed that rain gardens reduced storm water by between 75% and 80%, reducing toxins significantly.
Reducing storm water is important, particularly in urbanised areas where the water is directed to storm drains. In particularly bad storms, this can cause an overflow which when combined with sewage can be poisonous to humans or the environment. Something has to be done to minimise the amount of storm water damage which could occur.
Rain gardens have become very popular in the USA and Australia, but they have only started to come over to the UK in the last few years. They are considered to be one of the most exciting new things in eco gardening as they are more exciting than regular gardens, yet just as relaxing!
So, how can you create your own rain garden? The main point of a rain garden is to absorb water, so there needs to be the correct amount of soil and drainage available. The garden also needs to have the correct type of plants, in fact, native plants are encouraged. As rain gardens are built to be kind to the environment, it has to be considered that you will be attracting butterflies, birds and other insects.
A rain garden can be very complex in design and build, so need to be completed by professionals. However, the design will help the environment and as they are such a new style of gardening, they are considered to be a very contemporary garden design.