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Shower Garden

Location:

Tucson, Arizona

Install Date:

October 2018


Here is a geodesic dome structure being used as an outdoor shower. This garden is a delightful place to shower and doubles as an outdoor room to relax in. The pavers were set so that they drain toward the basin planting area; each time the shower is used, the greywater helps water the garden.

Design elements included the following:

  • geodesic dome with wood frame and composite siding
  • portable propane water heater
  • water harvesting earthworks
  • passive greywater system
  • native + near-native plants
  • fruit trees

Plant palette:

  • hopseed bush – Dodonea viscosa
  • goldeneye – Viguieria deltoidea
  • lemon dalea – Dalea capitata
  • blue grama – Bouteloua gracilis
  • catclaw vine – Macfadyena unguis-cati
  • chuparosa – Justicia californica
  • slipper plant – Pedilanthus macrocarpus
  • coral aloe – Aloe striata
  • guava – Psidium spp.