Rain Gardens

Mellow Marsh Farm has a NC – Certified Rain Garden Specialist on staff to recommend plant material for the special requirements for rain gardens. A wide variety of native perennials and shrubs are well suited to the extreme wet and dry conditions of rain gardens. We have over 30 years of collective experience propagating these species, and we know what works.

Aesculus pavia
Red buckeye

Showy understory shrub with attractive crimson flowers in the early spring.

Aesculus sylvatica
Painted buckeye

Showy understory shrub with attractive yellow flowers in the early spring.

Amelanchier canadensis
Serviceberry

Multi stemmed shrub or small tree with numerous white flowers early in the season. Fruits (pomes) are dark purple when ripe in June-July. Edible and sweet.

Aronia arbutifolia
Red chokeberry

Large shrub, simple serrate leaf; pinkish to white flowers, black drupe.

Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly weed

Upland herbaceous plant with bright orange flowers.

Baptisia alba
White wild indigo

Quick growing bushy herbaceous plant with attractive white blossoms held on tall spires.

Callicarpa americana
American beautyberry

Deciduous shrub; arching stems; showy fucshia-colored fruits, lovely scent to stems and leaves.

Carex crinita
Fringed sedge

Tall, grass-like sedge with drooping seed heads.

Carex glaucescens
Southern waxy sedge

Grass-like sedge with bluish color and terminal spikes.

Carex grayi
Gray's sedge

Pretty sedge with interesting seed head.

Carex intumescens
Bladder sedge

Clump-forming, medium sized carex.

Carex lupulina
Hop sedge

Grass-like sedge with pineapple-shaped seed head.

Carex lurida
Shallow sedge

Grass-like sedge forming large clumps.

Carex stricta
Tussock sedge

Grass-like sedge forming mounds or tussocks.

Carex vulpinoidea
Fox sedge

A bunch type sedge with small yellow-green leaves.

Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud

Early flowering small tree bearing pink to purple flowers on both the stems and trunk "cauliflory".

Chasmanthium latifolium
River oats

Grass with graceful arching panicle.

Chionanthus virginicus
Fringe tree

Showy native shrub with fragrant early flowers borne on drooping axillary panicles.

Clethra alnifolia
Sweet pepper bush

Shrub or small tree with spikes of fragrant white flowers.

Coreopsis lanceolata
Lance-leaf coreopsis

A herbaceous perennial plant that grows in small clumps with deeply cut leaves and yellow flower heads.

Cornus amomum
Silky dogwood

Spreading, deciduous shrub; inflorescence a cyme of small white flowers; blue fruits.

Cornus florida
Flowering dogwood

Small deciduous tree with showy white bracts in April-May.

Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower

Tall showy inflorescence with purple ray flowers and yellow disc flowers.

Equisetum hyemale
Horsetail

Reed-like; stems are round, dark green, unbranched, and jointed.

Eragrostis spectabilis
Purple lovegrass

Fine-leaved, clump-forming grass; reddish/purplish seed heads.

Euonymus americanus
Strawberry bush

Striking fuchsia-colored seed capsule opens to expose bright red seeds.

Eupatorium perfoliatum
Boneset

Tall robust herb with white flowers.

Eutrochium fistulosum
Joe-pye weed

Tall robust herb with large heads of small purple flowers.

Gaillardia pulchella
Indian blanket

Showy maroon and gold flower on small branching stems. Tolerates dry soils and varied conditions.

Hamamelis virginiana
Witch hazel

Small deciduous tree, early spring flowers; deeply veined serrate leaves.

Helenium autumnale
Bitterweed

Medium to tall bushy herbaceous perennial; numerous yellow flowers from July to frost.

Helianthus angustifolius
Swamp sunflower

Tall leafy sunflower; flowers from July to frost.

Hibiscus coccineus
Scarlet rose mallow

Showy large red flower on large perennial plant.  Low salt tolerance.

Hibiscus moscheutos
Marsh hibiscus/Rose mallow

Showy red, white, or pink flowers; can tolerate dry periods.  Low salt tolerance.

Hypericum densiflorum
Bushy St. Johnswort

Small dense shrub or woody perennial with numerous showy yellow flowers.

Ilex decidua
Possum haw

Broad-leaved deciduous shrub; tolerates full shade; orange/red berries.  Low salt tolerance.

Ilex glabra
Inkberry

Evergreen rhizomatous shrub with black drupes.  Low salt tolerance.

Ilex verticillata
Winterberry

Multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with brilliant red drupes persisting into midwinter.

Ilex vomitoria
Yaupon

Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree with red berries remaining until late winter. 

Iris virginica
Southern blue flag

Iris with showy blue flowers.

Itea virginica
Virginia sweetspire

Shrub with white bell-shaped flowers in dense drooping racemes.

Juncus effusus
Soft rush

Grass-like rush with stiff stems, 3 to 4 feet tall, grows in clumps.

Kosteletzkya virginica
Marsh mallow

Tall woody perennial, showy pink flowers, tolerates dryer soils.

Liatris spicata
Blazing star

Flowering herb with showy racemes of pink flowers.  High salt tolerance.

Lindera benzoin
Spice bush

Shrub with aromatic stems and leaves, red stems and red fall foliage.

Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal flower

Tall leafy herb, showy red flower spikes; attracts butterflies, hummingbirds.  Low salt tolerance.

Lobelia elongata
Blue lobelia

Similar to L. cardinalis but with blue flowers.

Lyonia lucida
Fetterbush

Broadleaf evergreen colony forming shrub with delicate bell shaped flowers on a drooping panicle.

Monarda fistulosa
Wild bergamot

A showy pinkish flowering plant with aromatic leaves and hollow, greenish-purple stems.

Morella cerifera
Wax myrtle

Aromatic evergreen shrub or small tree with waxy bluish berries.  Low salt tolerance.

Muhlenbergia capillaris
Sweet grass

A wispy, purple-flowered grass with wirelike and unbranched stems and leaves.

Panicum virgatum
Switchgrass

Tall sod-forming native; very drought resistant.  Low salt tolerance.

Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark

Showy deciduous shrub with beautiful clusters of bell shaped flowers and characteristic peeling bark.

Physostegia virginiana
Obedient plant

Showy native flowering perennial with long upright racemes bearing pink flowers. The stem has a characteristic ability to remain bent when moved.

Ratibida columnifera
Prairie coneflower

Erect, hairy, clump forming coneflower with fernlike leaves and maroon and gold blossoms.   Low salt tolerance.

Ratibida pinnata
Grey-headed coneflower

Tall upright coneflower with drooping yellow blossoms. 

Rhododendron arborescens
Smooth/Sweet azalea

Dark green foliage and inconspicuous white flowers, with a smattering of conspicuous brown fruits or seeds.

Rosa palustris
Swamp rose

Rambling rose with delicate pink flowers June through October.

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Goldsturm black-eyed susan

Long blooming flowering perennial with dark green leaves and bright yellow blossoms.  

Rudbeckia hirta
Black-eyed susan

Native in mountains, piedmont, and coastal plain.

Solidago sempervirens
Seaside goldenrod

Salt tolerant goldenrod, yellow flowers.

Spiraea tomentosa
Hardhack

Shrub of bogs, wet meadows, and low woodlands; pink flowers.

Stokesia laevis
Stokes aster

Showy perennial herb with a basil cluster of dark green leaves, numerous broad light blue to purple flowers.

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
Coralberry

Erect colonizing multi-stemmed shrub, coral colored berries.

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Aromatic aster

Woody stemmed dense bush forming herbaceous perennial with numerous blue to purple flowers in autumn.

Verbena hastata
Blue vervain

Upright flowering perennial.

Vernonia noveboracensis
Ironweed

Robust perennial herb, tall leafy stem, numerous purple disk flowers.

Viburnum dentatum
Arrow wood

Shrub with arrow-straight stems, opposite leaves, black drupes.

Yucca filamentosa
Yucca

Suckering evergreen perennial with characteristic thready filaments along leaf margins.