University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System: Water Quality and the Home Landscape

Norwich Rain Garden Plants

Plant List

The Norwich rain garden has a mix of perennials, grasses and shrubs. The selected plants tend to do well in rain gardens as they can tolerate wet conditons, but also very dry conditions. Many of these plants are native to Connecticut. The plants are grouped to produce a nice visual impact. Once planted, a vegetative ground cover of hardwood mulch was applied to reduce weeds and conserve moisture when conditions are dry.

Plants include:


New York Aster (Aster novae-belgii)

Spiked Gay Flower (Liatris spicata)

Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Tickseed sunflower (Bidens aristosa)



Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)

Red Osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

High bush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

The rain garden is located at:

New London Extension Center

562 New London Turnpike

Norwich, CT 06360

Click the following for a:

Map of rain garden location