Rain Garden Starter (Kit) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
Rain Garden Starter (Kit) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
Rain Garden Starter (Kit) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
Rain Garden Starter (Kit) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
Rain Garden Starter (Kit) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
Rain Garden Starter (Kit) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
Rain Garden Starter (Kit)
Rain Garden Starter (Kit)
Rain Garden Starter (Kit)
Rain Garden Starter (Kit)
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Rain Garden Starter (Kit)

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The Rain Garden Starter Kit provides you with a collection of plants that have been identified as good selections for the uptake of water in a rain garden. They will also provide beautiful flowers in a range of colors that will offer good nectar and pollen for pollinators from July-September.  They are all fine in full sun to partially shady conditions.

Design and Planting Tips:

  • Prepare your garden site (follow the link for details as well as information about plant spacing)
  • A location with full sun to partial shade
  • All plants selected have deep roots and will grow in damp conditions
  • Group plants of the same species together
  • Consider the height of each plant. Position taller plants at the back and shorter plants at the front

Kit Contents:
10 varieties, with 2 of each (20 total plants), all listed below with details. An image of each plant can be found to the left, pictured in the order listed:

2- Rose Milkweed
2- Tall Thimbleweed
2- Cardinal Flower
2- Ironweed (4'-6')
2- Joe Pye (
maculatum)
2- Prairie Dropseed
2- Culver's Root
2- Purple Cone Flower
2- Cup Plant
2- Southern Blue Flag Iris

Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium
Height: 4'
Bloom Time: June, July, August 
Bloom Color: Pink
Resistance: Deer
Attracts: butterflies, bees, hummingbirds
Pollinator Benefit: Larval Host for Monarch and Queen butterflies; excellent nectar source for other pollinators; Xerces Society identifies as Special Value to Native Bees and Bumble Bees

Tall Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
Perennial
Sun Exposure: Full, Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist
Height: 2-3ft
Bloom Time:  May-July
Bloom Color: White
Resistance: Drought, deer
Attracts: Bees, butterflies

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Perennial
Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-wet
Soil: Moist to wet, humus-rich soil. Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Clay 
Height: 4'
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Bloom Color: Red
Resistant: Deer, rabbit
Pollinator benefit: hummingbirds, butterflies, bees

Ironweed  (Vernonia missurica) 
Perennial
Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 3'to 5'
Bloom Time: July - August
Bloom Color: Magenta purple
Tolerates: Deer, wet soil
Attracts: Butterflies, bees
Pollinator Benefit: Good nectar source for all pollinators

Joe Pye (Eutrochium maculatum)
Native Perennial
Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet
Height: 5'
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Bloom Color: Pink
Attracts: Butterflies, bees, birds
Pollinator benefit: Excellent for honey bees, great for native bees; generous nectar for all nectaring insects

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobulus herolepis)
Perennial Grass
Sun Exposure: Full
Sun
Soil
Moisture: Dry
Soil Type: Dry soil
Height: 2'
Bloom Time:  June-August
Bloom Color: pink, yellow, green, brown
Attracts: native bees
Pollinator benefit: Provides nesting materials/structure for native bees

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Native Perennial
Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry
Height: 2-5ft
Bloom Time: June-July
Bloom Color: White
Attracts: Butterflies, bees; birds in fall and winter
Pollinator benefit: Good for native bees; nectar plant in mid-summer

Purple Coneflower–(Echinacea purpurea)
Native Perennial
Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Height: 4'
Bloom Time:  July, August, September
Bloom Color: Purple
Tolerate: Deer, drought, heat, humidity and poor soil
Attracts: Butterflies, birds, bees
Pollinator benefit: Host plant for the Ottoe Skipper butterfly; great nectar source for bees and butterflies

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
Native Perennial
Sun Exposure: Full
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist, Wet
Soil Type: Wet to mesic soils. Will tolerate clay soil.
Height: 3'-6'
Bloom Time: July-September
Bloom Color: Yellow
Resistance: Drought
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds, other birds for seeds and water
Pollinator benefit: good for all bee types; provides nesting material for native bees; good nectar plant

Blue Flag (Iris virginica)
Native Perennial
Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil type: Moist, rich soil
Height: 2'
Bloom Time:  May-June
Bloom Color: White, pink, blue
Resistance: Deer
Attracts: Birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, native bees