Rain gardens encompass all possible elements that can be used to capture, channel, divert and make the most of the rain and snow that fall on a property.
Water brings our gardens and landscapes to life, but this once cheap and freely available resource is now becoming problematic with prolonged drought at one end of the spectrum and catastrophic flooding at the other. This groundbreaking book describes how to make the most of rainwater by capturing, channelling and diverting it as it fall on our buildings, roads, paths, gardens and wider environment.
The ‘rain garden’ is a new and exciting concept that combines environmental benefits with aesthetic considerations to bring purpose and individuality to a garden or landscape. In this authoritative work, we see how rain gardens follow the principles of the natural water cycle by using the landscape to slow down the rate at which water is lost to the public drainage system. This is achieved by employing a range of techniques such as increasing areas of planting, replacing surfaces that are traditionally ‘hard landscaped’ with permeable alternatives, and even replacing conventional drainpipes with rain chains that divert rainwater from the gutter directly into the ground.
Drawing on examples from around the world, each feature is described, explained and illustrated using photographs and sketches. Finally, the book provides a unique directory of plants indicating their suitability for different rain garden situations. Rain gardens are good for wildlife, encourage biodiversity, provide visual and sensory pleasure and, above all, are sustainable in a changing climate.
Using the innovative and attractive approaches described here, it is possible to enhance outdoor spaces and minimize the damaging effects of drought, stormwater runoff, and other environmental challenges. Nigel Dunnett & Andy Clayden have created a comprehensive guide to water management techniques for the garden and built environment.
Filled with practical, manageable solutions for small and large-scale implementations and utilizing authoritative research with state-of-the-art case studies from all over the world, Rain Gardens is the first book on sustainable water management schemes suitable for students and professionals.
Author – Nigel Dunnett
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