Water butts over the drier months.

In long dry spells you may need to top up the water in the Planter trays that the side and top planters take their water from. Hopefully you can use water stored in the Rainwater Terrace but if not just use tap water. Each tray holds about 2.5 litres of water before it overflows into the container below.


water butt planter with capillary wicks topped up in summer months

10 of the best water butts

Rainwater Terrace made it in to 10 of the best water butts put together by Gardeners World.


Find out who else made it here -  10 of the Best Water Butts to Buy - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine (


Rainwater Terrace wins the silver award at the DIY Awards 2014

Another award for Rainwater Terrace water butt


Rainwater Terrace water butt wins a silver award in Garden Accessory of the Year at the DIY awards. 


Gold prize winners to be announced in February.



Great Rainwater Terrace write up from Rain Control Aluminium -Florida

This is a British product, so you’ll probably need to factor the international shipping into your budget. We can hope it becomes available in the states, however, simply because the product is rather ingenious.


As you can see, the Rainwater Terrace is completely modular. You can stack multiples together if you want to, creating an entire garden wall display.

Note the overflow that sends water back down the drain if the barrel gets too full. This is a nice feature, as it means you don’t have to disconnect your rainwater collection system just to go on vacation, and there’s no danger that the system will send any water to your foundations.

The ability to plant herbs and flowers that will turn your rain barrel into a nice garden feature also struck me as a really ingenious solution as well. You won’t even have to move some of your garden water to some of your plants.

The system also seems to keep the water flowing pretty nicely, which means there’s less of a chance for it to develop algae or to house mosquitoes.


I’m looking forward to seeing this product in action, and in seeing how well it actually interacts with gutters of all types.


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