Rain Gardens are a beautiful way to help manage water runoff from your roof, driveway, and street. They also help to filter out pollutants from lawn chemicals, leaked car fluids, and any number of other harmful substances. Not only do rain gardens play an important role in flood prevention, but with the right plant selections, they can serve as stunning habitat and food sources for birds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects as well. But how can a small space accomplish all of that? A rain garden can be as basic as a slightly depressed basin in your yard planted with the right sorts of plants. These plants, often natives, can withstand periods of flooding followed by periods of drought. As rain falls and runoff collects, plants with extensive root systems slowly filter the water before it reaches our rivers, lakes, streams, and groundwater reservoirs. The water doesn’t have the chance to simply run down the sewer drain.