Proven Winners Echinacea PowWow Wild Berry

Spring is on its way and here at Hook’s we are getting excited for all of the planting and gardening that comes with it. After a long winter it’s finally time to get excited about working outdoors. Building a rain garden is a fun project to consider for the spring!



Monarda ‘Pardon My Pink’

Spring brings the April showers that bring May flowers and rain gardens are designed to capture and retain surface water deposited by these showers. By capturing runoff, rain gardens help to increase the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil rather than causing flooding or flowing directly into streams. The spread of urban areas has led to increases in runoff from surfaces such as driveways, roofs and compacted ground. This runoff carries pollutants such as fertilizers and pesticides from our yards and cities into the local waterways. Water that infiltrates into the soil is filtered by plants and soil while also helping to recharge the local groundwater.

Aronia ‘Low Scape Mound’


On top of decreasing runoff and increasing water infiltration, rain gardens are made up of plants that do not mind “getting their feet wet.” Native plants are adapted to the local climate conditions and environment meaning that they do not require fertilizer, pesticides or much water once established making them idea for rain gardens.

Invincibelle Wee White Smooth Hydrangea

Additionally, native plants tend to attract local pollinators better than exotics because they have coevolved together for millions of years. Although native plants are the best for rain gardens, other non-native non-invasive species that don’t mind wet conditions perform well too.

Itea virginica ‘Scentlandia’


In summary, rain gardens are a great way to help keep pollutants out of local waterways while simultaneously being beautiful low maintenance landscape additions that attract pollinators such as butterflies and birds.


If you’re interested in learning how to build a rain garden check out this comprehensive guide, For more information on rain garden benefits and plants click on the reference links below.

Here at Hook’s we have a number of perennials that would fit perfectly into a rain garden listed below:

Aronia melanocarpa – Black Chokecherry

Juniperus – Juniper

Ilex – Holly

Itea virginica – Virginia Sweetspire

Physocarpus sp. – Ninebark

Rosa x species – Shrub Rose

Sambucus canadensis – Elderberry

Spirea sp.

Thuja occidentalis – White Cedar

Thuja plicata – Western Cedar

Hydrangea arborescens – Smooth Hydrangea

Aquilegia – Columbine

Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed

Coreopsis sp. – Tickweed

Dicentra spectabilis – Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Echinacea sp. – Coneflower

Helianthus – Sunflower

Hibiscus sp. – Hardy Hibiscus

Liatris spicata – Dense Blazing Star

Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower

Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebell

Monarda sp. – Bee Balm

Penstemon – Beardtongue

Phlox sp.

Rudbeckia – Black-eyed Susan

Solidago sp. – Goldenrod

Andropogon gerardii – Big Bluestem

Carex sp.

Juncus sp.



Our staff are happy to help you find the plants that fit your gardening needs. Stop by Hook’s on our Spring Opening Day, April 15th, to check out our native plant selection!