All Posts   Posted:   April 22, 2016 by Corey Verch - Residential Landscape Design Manager

If you've visited our Lake Oswego Garden Center lately you may have noticed some recent upgrades including the entryway landscaping. Our talented landscape design & installation team worked with the city of Lake Oswego to create a display garden demonstrating permeable pavers and a rain garden.

Rain gardens and permeable paving surfaces are both rapidly growing landscape features.  In fact, they’re at the very top of the list of most desired landscape features in 2016 according to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  Not only are these desired elements in the landscape, but they’re an environmentally friendly way to infiltrate storm water runoff back into the home’s own landscape. In some places, like the City of Lake Oswego, new building regulations now require the construction of these features to meet the demands of environmentally conscious storm water management within the property footprint.

These features have great potential to decrease the overall demand on sewer systems.  They can also be a cost-effective means of managing rainfall and storm water runoff directly on site while providing a lush landscape feature or usable surface area, like a patio or driveway.

Both rain gardens and permeable paving capture runoff with the intent of utilizing a natural process of infiltrating and percolating that water back into the ground.  This process allows the planted areas of a rain garden or the open joints of a permeable paving surface to capture and slowly allow rainwater and storm water runoff to return to the landscape. This recharging of the groundwater contributes to the overall water quality of our communities rather than sending it downstream through pipes and storm drains. This creates less runoff downstream and naturally cleans the water to protect our water supply.

Interested in learning more about permeable paving and rain gardens? Contact our Landscape Design Team for more information.

If you've visited our Lake Oswego Garden Center lately you may have noticed some recent upgrades including the entryway landscaping. Our talented landscape design & installation team worked with the city of Lake Oswego to create a display garden demonstrating permeable pavers and a rain garden.

Rain gardens and permeable paving surfaces are both rapidly growing landscape features.  In fact, they’re at the very top of the list of most desired landscape features in 2016 according to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  Not only are these desired elements in the landscape, but they’re an environmentally friendly way to infiltrate storm water runoff back into the home’s own landscape. In some places, like the City of Lake Oswego, new building regulations now require the construction of these features to meet the demands of environmentally conscious storm water management within the property footprint.

These features have great potential to decrease the overall demand on sewer systems.  They can also be a cost-effective means of managing rainfall and storm water runoff directly on site while providing a lush landscape feature or usable surface area, like a patio or driveway.

Both rain gardens and permeable paving capture runoff with the intent of utilizing a natural process of infiltrating and percolating that water back into the ground.  This process allows the planted areas of a rain garden or the open joints of a permeable paving surface to capture and slowly allow rainwater and storm water runoff to return to the landscape. This recharging of the groundwater contributes to the overall water quality of our communities rather than sending it downstream through pipes and storm drains. This creates less runoff downstream and naturally cleans the water to protect our water supply.

Interested in learning more about permeable paving and rain gardens? Contact our Landscape Design Team for more information.