Ladera Heights Rain Garden
The rain garden at this home captures and infiltrates 1/2" of rain from the roof, trapping pollutants and preventing them from running off into ocean via the storm drain. A gentle slope in this front yard provides an ideal framework for the dry creek bed which directs water from the roof to a rain garden with 450 gallons of capacity. Small boulders, cobbles, pebbles and rain garden plants selected for their resilience in either wet or dry conditions are interspersed throughout the rain garden.
Formerly just another generic, water-thirsty front yard of turf, the renovated garden now provides year round color, habitat and food for wildlife, and reduces water consumption by over 80%.