Posted by: greeningvacapitol | October 14, 2011

Rain Gardens & Bus Loop Green Street Plant Lists

Are you curious what plants we’re using to green the Capitol Grounds? Check out the lists below for the plants used in the Bell Tower Rain Gardens (which are close to completion) and the Bus Loop Green Street.

Bell Tower Rain Gardens

Chionanthus virginicus ‘Grancy Graybeard’ Fringetree
Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ (‘Nana’, ‘Compacta’) Dwarf Winterberry
Cornus alba ‘Regnzam’ (Red Gnome) Red Twig Dogwood
Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’ Shamrock Inkberry
Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’ Virginia Sweetspire
Hibiscus moscheutos (H. palustris) Rose Mallow
Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern
Dryopteris filix-mas Male Fern
Athyrium filix-femina Lady Fern
Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern
Juncas inflexus ‘Blue Arrows’ Hard Rush
Carex flaccosperma Thinfruit Sedge
Carex pensylvanica Pennsylvania sedge
Juncus effusus Common Rush, Soft Rush

Bus Loop (Capitol Street) Green Street Bioretention Planters

Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ (‘Nana’, ‘Compacta’) Dwarf Winterberry
Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ Summersweet Clethra
Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’ Shamrock Inkberry
Juncas inflexus ‘Blue Arrows’ Hard Rush
Juncus effusus Common Rush, Soft Rush
Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ Red Switch Grass
Carex buchananii Leatherleaf Sedge

Plant species native to Virginia and the Piedmont region were utilized for this project. Why native plants? There are many benefits.

Natives are adapted to our regional physiographic conditions and climate, therefore, they are able to thrive with minimal attention. Exotic, non-native plants generally require more attention and maintenance, and can sometimes become invasive in the landscape.

The use of native plants on a site also contributes to biodiversity and important ecosystem functions, such as providing wildlife habitat. Many serve as hosts to pollinators and other beneficial insects. Having evolved in our area, these plants respond well to native soil conditions. They can also help to build and improve the soil through their growth. In rain gardens, native plants that are adapted to wet or dry conditions, work to process excess nutrients and pollutants contained in stormwater runoff.



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