Rain Gardens and Native Plants


Rain gardens are attractive, landscaped areas planted with perennial native plants which don’t mind getting 'wet feet.' They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, which are designed to capture and filter stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways. The district has assisted installing over 30 rain gardens across the country, regularly presents on Rain Gardens to local groups, worked on creating the Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners instructional guide which is downloadable by clicking on 'Rain Garden Manual' icon to the right, or by calling the office at 216/524-6580.

You can find many of the plants for rain gardens at the resources below. Remember, just because it is a native plant, does not mean it is a good choice for a rain garden. Refer to the plant list in the Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners.

Rain Garden plants:

Places to buy Rain Garden Soil Mixture:

  • Kurtz Brothers - Bio-Retention Soil mix or you can make your own - the recommended soil mix for a rain garden is 50-60% sand, 30-40% loamy topsoil (from your local garden store or landscape supplier) and 5-10% organic matter (from your yard waste compost)



Using native plants in your landscaping helps to preserve the biodiversity of our region. Native plants are adapted to our climate and require less water or fertilizer (if any). Their roots often extend deep into the ground preventing soil erosion while providing organic matter to the soil. Native plants attract wildlife and increase diversity in our landscape all while reducing the threat of non-native plant species.


This is not a comprehensive list of native plant nurseries, nor do all of these sell strictly native plants. Be sure to take your rain garden and/or native plant list with you when you go plant shopping. Larger stores often stock native plants as well.


Please contact us if you know of a native plant resource we do not have on this page. Thank you.