Do you want to control the weather with deliberate design choices? Landscape designer Colin Cleland explains the main considerations for creating a resilient garden.
1. Don’t Call It a Rain Garden
It doesn’t matter where you live; any opportunity to capture water in your landscape is important for the ecosystem. Cleland points out that “a monsoon garden is really a broader response to regional needs, whereas a rain garden is usually a localized solution to an individual property.” Monsoon gardens are intended to respond to a substantial amount of rainfall and flooding and to account for extremes in the climate to avoid inundating the infrastructure of a community. The goal of this Sedona home was to keep water on the land and not overflow the arroyo.
2. Nature has a lot to teach us.
For this particular project, Cleland’s team benefited from it being a new construction and did not inherit any poor drainage planning. If you’re working with a site that has existed uninterrupted for many years, respect how it drained naturally throughout that period and take cues for any additional infrastructure. Cleland encourages you “to…