From formal to wild, from shrubs to perennials, there are many options for rain garden plant designs. Maplewood has offered several designs over the years for home rain gardens on our street reconstruction projects. These are appropriate for small gardens from around 8 by 16 feet to 12 by 24 feet (Zone 4). In recent years, we have simplified the designs to achieve a more manicured look. Download a current plant selection sheet (PDF) for more information.
These designs have a wet zone in the center of garden and an upland zone around the edges. So the plants in the center are the most water tolerant. Keep this in mind as you take ideas from these and create your own design.