Native Plants Can Be Beautiful And Help Conserve Water
Capturing And Purifying Water
Herb talks about the stone seep. It is part of the whole system of purifying the water before it makes it down into the cistern. It's a wonderful piece of hardscape, one of the great hydrological innovations on this project and works in conjunction with the rest of the bio swale. The rainwater they're collecting on the western and northern portion of the property is stored in a gravel reservoir. The outcropping is reminiscent of a typical Texas landscape. The water is slowly released or seeps from the face so after a rain event it will extend the duration of water in the landscape which then sustains moisture loving plants. Are there any of these ideas we can use at home? Many of these ideas are transferrable on a smaller scale. How they approached the parking areas, for example, slowing the water, mitigating it as it runs off of pavement surfaces through the use of stones and selection of plants that are appropriate for those wet conditions, those ideas can be used in a small landscape integration. Rain gardens are also effective ways to manage water.
By Stacey Hirvela, for Proven Winners® ColorChoice®
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners® ColorChoice®
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