The latest thing in eco-friendly gardening is the rain garden. The idea is to place plants that can stand in water for a while and yet still survive dry times in a place where the downspouts drain. Hubby planned it all out, dug up the grass and planted a selection of swamp milkweed, ornamental grass, columbine, and others. It looked good. However shortly after he planted it we got a season of heavy rain. The garden became a lake. It would have been better if the plants where better estasblished. Hubby even tried bailing water out of his rain garden. Then as winter came on the rain garden was covered with a glacier. Now, of course, it is buried under more snow. He is thinking maybe he should plant cattails and bog plants.