Make rain mu­sic In­stall a unique wa­ter fea­ture

RUN A RAIN CHAIN FROM YOUR GUT­TER

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - January Contents -

there’s noth­ing like the sound of rain on a tin roof – from a tin­kle, to a splosh, to the pound­ing of a sum­mer storm. But if you don’t have a tin roof, you can still de­light in these sum­mer son­ics by re­plac­ing a drain­pipe from your gut­ter with a rain chain. And you can gather the rain­wa­ter that has not gushed into the stormwa­ter sys­tem by chan­nelling it into a bar­rel or bowl and us­ing it later on your gar­den. Prac­ti­cal? Yes. Aes­thetic? Also yes. Melodic? Ab­so­lutely!

1, 2 IT’S A RAIN GAIN

Es­tab­lish a rain-chain gar­den in a dif­fi­cult cor­ner with plants that love the lin­ger­ing wet­ness. The splashes from the rain chain will hit the leaves then drib­ble into the soil, cre­at­ing a lit­tle oa­sis in a bleak spot. Mean­while, a basin or bar­rel, or even a bird­bath, col­lects the rest of the wa­ter.

3 peace­ful, tran­quil and wait­ing for the mu­sic

If you want to cre­ate an Asian-in­spired gar­den, a rain chain fall­ing into a shal­low pond gives it a quin­tes­sen­tial Ja­panese feel. Add a stone path­way – or ‘dry stream bed’ – mondo grass, ju­niper, clipped balls of box and maples for a wood­land ef­fect.

4 Wait­ing for your cup to run­neth over

The cups soften the noise of rain fall­ing down a chain and each cre­ates an in­di­vid­ual cas­cade of wa­ter. There’s noth­ing left for a bird­bath un­for­tu­nately, but it does pro­vide a pretty perch!

5 Runs rings around a run-of-the-mill down­pipe

You can opt for a sim­ple rain chain with­out the fancy cups or fun­nels, but you can add in­ter­est with the de­sign and struc­ture of the links.

6 mix the rain mu­sic with Heavy metal

In­clude big, rugged and rust­ing rain chains in a sus­tain­able gar­den bed. Plants that will ben­e­fit from the wa­ter run-off i nclude the strappy-leafed New Zealand flax, the big-leafed In­dian rhubarb and Prze­wal­ski’s Golden Ray (Ligu­laria prze­wal­skii) with their dainty yel­low flow­ers on long stalks.

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2 WA­TER-LOV­ING PAPYRUS WILL ENJOY BE­ING SPLASHED WITH WA­TER. COLEUS BRINGS SUN­SHINE TO YOUR GAR­DEN EVEN WHEN THE CLOUDS ARE OVER­HEAD. ELEPHANT’S EARS LEAVES ARE WELL DE­SIGNED TO SPILL RAIN­WA­TER INTO THE SOIL.

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THE IDEA OF A RAIN CHAIN COMES FROM JA­PAN, WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN USED FOR HUN­DREDS OF YEARS. THEY ARE IN­COR­PO­RATED IN MANY BUD­DHIST TEM­PLE DE­SIGNS WITH THE PUR­POSE OF PRO­VID­ING WA­TER MU­SIC AND PRO­MOT­ING PEACE AND TRAN­QUIL­LITY. 5

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