SMWD SustainaBlue Landscapes features an interactive garden gallery and plant database to help you figure out how best to implement a sustainable landscape! Find inspirational designs, beautiful plants, and landscape design assistance.
SMWD SustainaBlue Plant List: Download our SMWD SustainaBlue Plant List which features easy-to-find plants to transform your landscape. The list includes plant links to our SustainaBlue Landscapes website!
Have you noticed standing water in your landscape, or excessive runoff from your roofs, downspouts, and hardscape? Take advantage of this rainy season by using the Watershed Approach and create a swale in your landscape! The watershed approach focuses on rainwater capture and use; reduction of pollution, greenhouse gases, and green waste; energy and cost savings; and human and wildlife habitat improvements. A swale, which is a critical component in the watershed approach, is a shallow channel designed to SLOW water down, SPREAD it throughout the landscape, and SINK it into the soil. Not only does this help trap and filter pollutants from runoff, it also keeps the water in the landscape so that your plants can thrive throughout the year with minimal irrigation. Directing downspouts away from drains and into a swale will maximize your rain water capture. Swales can be full of plants, lined with rocks to mimic a dry creek bed, or both. Below are a few plant suggestions for your swale. For more information on the Watershed Approach and how to build a swale for your property, check out these resources:
*Photo courtesy of G3.
Carex pansa – California Meadow Sedge
Festuca californica – California Fescue
Elymus glaucus – Blue Wild Rye
Juncus patens – Grey Rush
Leymus triticoides – Creeping Wild Rye
Muhlenbergia rigens – Deergrass
Sisyrinchium bellum – Blue-eyed Grass
Achillea millefolium - Yarrow
Epilobium canum – California Fuchsia
Eriogomum fasciculatum – Buckwheat
Eschscholzia californica – California Poppy
Mimulus aurantiacus – Monkeyflower
Melampodium leucanthum – Blackfoot Daisy
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