I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to someone’s house and they have these ugly green extensions running from their downspouts. Or else the downspouts empty out right at the base of the foundation. And, of course, the old standby of sending the rain water into the street. None of these is a good situation.
Oftentimes the fix is so simple and so much more attractive. In this garden, we created a small creek bed, digging down around 18” and filling in with rocks that the owners already had on the property. It was a handy use for the rocks and now the water is directed away from the house in a more attractive way and will head out towards the Meyer Lemon tree and other plants that will appreciate the extra water when the rains come.