Water is a precious commodity, and drought conditions have become the new norm across much of the country. Read on to learn more about rainwater gardens, which are beautiful, useful and environmentally friendly. There are numerous rainwater garden features available to home gardeners, including rainwater collection ponds, cisterns, rain barrels, terraces, and various water diversion systems. Your choice depends on your budget, available space, climate, type of soil, terrain, slope, and your personal preferences. If you can afford it, a landscape designer experienced with creation of rainwater gardens may be a wise long-term investment. Native shrubs, trees, groundcovers and blooming plants are often recommended for rain gardens because they are beautiful, tough and ideally adapted to your soil, weather and local ecosystem. Find out about the benefits of using rainwater here.