This, however, is not the only way to supply water. Instead of spending a lot of money on expensive bird baths, I leave low saucers out in my yard, such as those used underneath plants. These collect the water when it rains. To alleviate concerns about West Nile virus, I need to empty these
saucers and refill them periodically. A couple of years ago, I removed a patch of lawn that
was the low spot in my yard and replaced it with a rain garden. This area, which was next to my driveway, flooded after every hard rain storm leaving a swampy mess. I replaced it with native plants that love moist soil. Now, instead of adding to the run-off that makes it into the sewer system, the water percolates slowly into the ground. And we have no more flooding problems. My garden also incorporates cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum). The leaves of this plant collect water during each rainstorm.