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RBC Embrace the Rain Garden

Designed by Hugo Bugg. Sophisticated, sustainable and symbolic, Hugo Bugg’s design highlights global water issues and demonstrates practical, year-round water management solutions for home gardeners.

RBC Embrace the Rain Garden

This is in keeping with the goals of the RBC Blue Water Project - a wide- ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s fresh water resources. Drawing inspiration from the parched effects caused by extreme global weather, the design is layered with naturally-occurring geometric patterns.

RBC Embrace the Rain Garden

The resulting angles and striking motifs expose and conceal sections of the garden, enticing visitors to explore the space via a ‘floating walkway’. Water is directed through the garden at different gradients and speeds, mimicking the natural watershed and showing how storm water management can replicate nature although in bold and inventive ways.

RBC Embrace the Rain Garden

Blues, lime-greens and yellows are predominant colours in the planting scheme including Iris bullyana, Iris robustra 'Gerald Darby', Euphorbia 'Whistleberry Garnet' and Geum 'Lemondrops'. A variety of plants will have different roles in the garden's filtration, rain garden, and retention pools, inviting unusual combinations and contrasts including Juncus inflexus, Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais' and Amsonia tabernaemontana.

RBC Embrace the Rain Garden

A range of trees, grasses and herbaceous perennials will attract, give shelter and provide food for birds and insects, while selected irises and geum ‘lemondrops’ will create a vibrant scene of blues, lime-greens and yellows.

Plant list:

Stormwater Capture and Aquatic zones:
Carex pendula (Pendulous Sedge)
Juncus inflexus (hard rush)
Iris bulleyana
Alisima plantago (English Water)
Plantain
Acorus calamus
Equisetum japonicum

Lowland/Depression Planting:
Carex pendula (Pendulous Sedge)
Luzula sylvatica (wood rush)
Geum rivale (Water Avens)
Carex divisa (Divided Sedge UK)
Carex ericetorum (Rare Spring Sedge)
Iris bulleyana
Iris robusta Geral Darby
Juncus inflexus
Filipendula purpurea

Woodland edge:
Polypodium vulgare (Common Polypody)
Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’
Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern)
Asplenium scolopendrium (Harts Tongue Fern)
Luzula sylvatica (wood rush)
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
Asarum europaeum (European Wild Ginger)
Libertia grandiflora
Geum ‘Lemon Drops’
Euphorbia ‘Whistleberry Garnet’

Trees & Hedging:
Alnus glutinosa laciniata
Alnus glutinosa
Osmanthus heterophyllus
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)