The Native Plant Nursery LLC
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Rain Garden Kit

The rain garden kit contains a mix of 32, plug-sized, native Michigan perennial plants chosen to thrive in conditions with seasonal moisture. Each plant comes labelled with the first 3 letters of the genus and species name. In your garden, space the plants about 2 feet apart, take them out of their tubes, plant and water them. At this spacing, kit will fill an area about 100 sqft.

The species included in the kit vary. A typical kit includes 11 different species for a site with full sun to partial shade and seasonally moist soil. Kits can be customized by request to accommodate a variety of sites from sun to shade. Plants are typically chosen from the following list:


Aquilegia canadensis, (Wild Columbine)
height: 2 -3 ft.
light: pt. shade -sun
moisture: mesic - dry mesic
reddish flowers in spring provide food for hummingbirds; tolerant of a variety of habitats from full sun to light shade; a somewhat short-lived perennial, spreads well by seed.
Asclepias incarnata, (Swamp Milkweed)
height: 3 -4 ft.
light: sun
moisture: wet -mesic
Colorful pink flower clusters in summer; attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
Aster umbellatus, (Tall Flat-top White Aster)
height: 3 -4 ft.
light: sun
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
upright perennial.
Carex vulpinoidea, (Fox sedge)
height: 1 -2 ft.
light: sun -part shade
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
A clumping perennial; tolerates fluctuating moisture levels.
Eupatorium perfoliatum, (Boneset)
height: 3 -5 ft.
light: sun -part sun
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
an upright perennial with textured, pointy leaves joined around the stem; naturalizes well in wet soil; tolerates typical garden conditions as an ornamental; An excellent nectar source for butterflies.
Helenium autumnale, (Sneezeweed)
height: 3 -6 ft.
light: sun -part shade
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
NOTICE: does not induce sneezing!; perennial roots send up several upright stems; flower petals fringed at the edges; dried flower parts were used to make a popular sneezing powder.
Juncus effusus, (Soft-stemmed rush)
height: 2 -3 ft.
light: sun -light shade
moisture: wet mesic -wet
clump-forming, grass-like perennial; straight, upright narrow blades a deep-green color.
Juncus tenuis, (Roadside rush; path rush)
height: 1 -2 ft.
light: sun -light shade
moisture: dry mesic -wet mesic
a grass-like perennial with fine-blades; spreads to form a patch of small clumps; thrives in compacted soil.
Lobelia siphilitica, (Great Blue Lobelia)
height: 2 -4 ft.
light: sun - shade
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
compact form; several upright stems form spikes of blue flowers in fall; can spread well from seed.
Mimulus ringens, (Monkey-flower)
height: 2 -4 ft.
light: sun -part sun
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
a weak-stemmed perennial; purple flowers in late summer.
Penstemon digitalis, (Foxglove beard-tongue)
height: 3 -4 ft.
light: pt. shade - sun
moisture: mesic
perennial roots grow several upright stems topped with white, tubular flowers; can work well as an ornamental.
Pycnanthemum virginianum, (Mountain mint)
height: 2 -4 ft.
light: sun
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
perennial roots form a small patch of several upright stems; leaves small and narrow with minty fragrance.
Ranunculus hispidus, (Swamp buttercup)
height: 1 -1.5 ft.
light: part sun -light shade
moisture: mesic -wet
spreading perennial, forms a ground cover of 3-parted leaves; shiny yellow flowers in spring.
Senecio aureus, (Golden ragwort)
height: 2-3 ft.
light: shade -part sun
moisture: mesic -wet
perennial roots spread to form a groundcover of rounded leaves in early spring; later, sends up several upright flower stems, which go to seed and die-back in summer.
Solidago riddellii, (Riddell's goldenrod)
height: 2 -4 ft.
light: sun
moisture: wet mesic -mesic
perennial roots send up several upright stem with narrow, arching leaves.
Thalictrum dasycarpum, (Tall meadow-rue)
height: 3 -6 ft.
light: shade -part sun
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
perennial with upright stems and delicate, divided leaves; airy plume of white flowers.
Vernonia missurica, (Missouri ironweed)
height: 4 -6 ft.
light: sun
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
an upright perennial; purple blooms later produce bronze fluffy seed.
Zizia aurea, (Golden alexanders)
height: 2 -4 ft.
light: sun -light shade
moisture: mesic -wet mesic
upright loosely branched perennial with divided leaves; topped with golden blooms in spring; naturalizes well from seed.

rain garden with native wildflowers blooming.


planting a roadside rain garden


a rain garden in Fall with blooming New England Asters


roadside rain garden in bloom with Golden Ragwort and Golden Alexanders