DPWES Letters to Industry

Land Development Services
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
703-324-1770, TTY 711

January 25, 2007

Plant Lists Available for Bioretention Facilities and Vegetated Roofs

The following lists of plants recommended for use in bioretention facilities (rain gardens) and on vegetated roofs are now available:

These lists are not exhaustive and are intended to give the designer a palette of plant materials to choose from. Other species may be used, and the acceptability of proposed plant materials is subject to review and approval by the Director. The plant lists may be updated periodically to reflect other species that have been shown to perform well in bioretention facilities and on vegetated roofs.

Proposed amendments to the Public Facilities Manual to incorporate design and construction standards for 6 Low Impact Development Practices (LIDs), including bioretention facilities and vegetated roofs, have been advertised for public hearing. The plant lists were developed for use with these amendments. Designers currently preparing designs of bioretention facilities and vegetated roofs under the existing PFM provisions for use of innovative BMPs are encouraged to begin using these plant lists immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact the Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711.

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