Rain Gardens on the BC Sunshine Coast

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Rain Gardens  –  Native Plants Index
Coastal British Columbia







Your Rain Garden will work best with native plants. These varieties are all available in local garden shops. Below are separate lists for each plant type.

Each plant is listed by its Common Name and its Scientific Name (important for distinguishing truly native BC species from similarly named imports).

Also listed are the suitable Zone(s) for each species, sun preferences, plant size, blooming season, flower and fruit types, and any other features of note.



Native Species for your Rain Garden (Listed by Plant Type)

Evergreen Emergents and Native Grasses
  Sechelt Rain Gardens – A Native Plant List for Coastal BC – Part 1
  Includes: Sedges, Rushes, Bulrushes, and Ornamental Grasses

Groundcovers and Ferns
  Sechelt Rain Gardens – A Native Plant List for Coastal BC – Part 2
  Includes: Perennials, Semi-Evergreens, and Various Types of Ferns

Herbaceous Perennials
  Sechelt Rain Gardens – A Native Plant List for Coastal BC – Part 3
  Deciduous herbaceous perennials and the evergreen Tough-Leaf Iris

Small- to Medium-Sized Shrubs
  Sechelt Rain Gardens – A Native Plant List for Coastal BC – Part 4
  Includes: Evergreen Shrubs and Deciduous Shrubs

Large Shrubs to Small Trees
  Sechelt Rain Gardens – A Native Plant List for Coastal BC – Part 5
  Includes: Deciduous Shrubs to Trees and evergreen Pacific Wax Myrtle


Inspired by Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington: A Guide for Design, Maintenance, and Installation, Department of Ecology, State of Washington, Washington State University Extension, & Kitsap County, WA, June 2013.  Present listing has been edited specifically for coastal SW BC.
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