Plants Really Work

Today I’ve been helping Nigel put together a blog-post about how plants are really useful for stormwater mitigation in the landscape when they’re designed in right from the start of a project. My husband Nigel is a New Zealand landscape architect.

A few days ago he’d told me about a person who’d said, “You mean, plants are useful in stormwater systems?” and I replied that it would make a great line for a post!

So we’ve both worked on it — I’ve just put it online — and I’m feeling a bit tired, daylight saving’s finished and it gets dark earlier now (autumn in New Zealand)

I’d be really grateful for anyone who can spare the time to take a look and we’d be overjoyed to receive any likes and/or comments and/or feedback 🙂

Link:   Plants Really Work

Posted by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. A very interesting, well written and informative post! How I wish that I knew this prior to having a French Drain put from the backyard, along the side of the house and ending into the beginning of the driveway to remove the flooding that was coming into the lower level of the house. This is what had been recommended when the old system broke. Previously there was an electrically powered sump pump underground that drew the water into a system of pipes that were completely unseen which worked well for about 10 years. I am forwarding this to my youngest daughter as they have had issues with flooding in the backyard of the house that they just purchased last summer. Thankfully the flooding is way at the back of the yard and away from the house itself. I think that this may be of interest and helpful to them. Thank-you!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Ellen and I hope your daughter will be able to resolve the flooding issue, I’m glad it occurs away from the house.


  2. I commented on the linked post (I think? not sure that worked) but don’t mind repeating – – the photos, graphics, and article are very well-done. And I don’t recall reading before, about stemflow as a factor in reducing runoff. A very effective presentation.
    Cities in upstate New York have found that permeable paving, plantings, rain gardens, bioswales, etc. are clearly cost-effective, and particularly important in NE cities with older infrastructure, so their combined stormwater/sanitary sewers aren’t overwhelmed during rainy periods. And I recently read in the NY Times, of success in planting poplar trees on superfund sites, which not only prevent runoff into streams & groundwater, but which contain naturally-occurring bacteria capable of destroying carcinogenic chemicals.

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    1. Thanks heaps for taking the time to share and give us some feedback, it’s very encouraging! I found your comment on Nigel’s blog when I logged in – and Nigel has also read it with interest (still only 8am here). It’d been held for moderation so it must’ve been the first time you’ve left a comment there. It’s great to hear about what’s going on in other places so thanks very much!

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