Outdoor Shower Drainage Issues

While installing an outdoor shower isn’t exactly rocket science; there are plenty of considerations you need to keep in mind — especially with the drainage. Neglecting the drainage and other important maintenance features of your shower will result with an inadequate and dysfunctional shower area.

Here are some tips on what to keep in mind when setting up your very own outdoor shower drainage.

Outdoor shower drainage is often the most cited complaint of these features.

Outdoor Shower Drainage Issues

You need to maximise your shower area first.

  1. Connecting with the main water source

  2. There’s no problem setting up an outdoor shower as long as you have an accessible water supply or connection outside of your home. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be near to the water source to have an efficient outdoor shower. You can just connect pipes from your water source to the shower area. Of course, it may be more expensive to attach multiple pipes if you plan on placing a shower that is from the water source.

  3. Consider what surface material you’re placing your shower

  4. If you want to make the most out of your shower, you need to ensure that the surface is durable against constant water exposure. Generally, surface materials that are hard like stone patios are ideal for shower floors due to their resilient properties. Wood types can also be used but just be sure it’s water resistant.

  5. The outdoor shower drainage itself

  6. It’s not enough that you focus on the water source connections and the aesthetics of your shower, you should also place great importance on creating a proper and functional drainage. We advise that your drainage outlet goes through a different manhole or a storm drain instead of connecting it to your house’s main drainage system. The purpose of this is to avoid overloading your main drainage system with too much water and hence; avoid flooding.

  7. Add safety with outdoor path lighting

  8. Not everyone wants to shower in the middle of the day so when installing an outdoor shower you may want to consider some outdoor path lighting. This allows yourself, and guests, to easily and safely access your outdoor shower. Without lighting around path areas, and even in the shower surrounds, you restrict the usability of this great garden feature.

The shower area should also get direct sunlight as much as possible. This helps prevent water and moisture from accumulating in the shower. You don’t want your shower to become too humid and wet simply because it will cause mould growth and water build-up.

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Penstemon Digitalis | The White Beardtongue

Think Penstemon digitalis, and you automatically match it with cottage gardens. Think beardtongue, and matching with a dragon with facial hair issues is not a far stretch. Yet, these virginal beardtongues could sit happily in most garden designs – and still not scare the kids.

Growing a Penstemon Digitalis is relatively simple

Penstemons were an annual fixture in my garden for many years. They were a delight with their tall spires and trumpet-like inflorescences (flowers). Watching them dance gently upon the breath of a warm summer breeze somehow reminded me that life was alright. They were dainty. Tall. So elegantly dainty.

The problem with my penstemon was the year I decided NOT to grow them. Then, like a bipolar junkie they turned on me and began self-seeding with abandon. Each year, I thought I’d curtailed their growth and each spring they would bounce back up in another fitful act of revenge. Today, I no longer have penstemons in my garden, and I no longer have them sprouting through my garden beds, but I miss them. My cottage garden feels somewhat incomplete.

Growing Penstemon Digitalis

My garden has missed them way too much. So, I’ve decided to plant some Penstemon digitalis. I’m not ignoring their self-seeding wanton ways, I’m just better prepared. This time ’round they will not be the feature of the garden but a pleasant focal point. They’ll compete with the Delphiniums, Foxgloves, the towering Stocks and the perennial cottage plants. No more will they dictate their growing conditions. It is I who will determine where and when.

As an annual, Penstemon digitalis works great, but its perennial nature is more highly regarded. They prefer free-draining, loamy soil, a satisfactory reward of organic fertiliser (blood & bone is best) and moderate watering. Once this has been achieved, your task is to sit back and enjoy the spires of flowers dance amidst their garden buddies.

Types of Penstemon Digitalis

There’s literally hundreds of types to choose from and finding something a little different will certainly set your garden apart. Here’s a few of the more common varieties going around at the moment.

  1. Husker Red
  2. White-Pink flowers that bob above a clump of purple-green foliage. The flowers emanate from a red-pink cloak.

  3. Red Riding Hood
  4. As the name suggests this variety hosts an abundance of vermilion flowers on green stems. Delightful flush for any garden that won’t scorch your retina.

  5. Gold Foil
  6. Penstemon digitalis “Gold Foil” is all about the foliage. Sure, those little white flowers adorn this seasoned eye-popper but the leaf tone is amazing.

  7. Mystica
  8. Dainty mauve-white flowers.

  9. Midnight
  10. Deep violet flowers make a supreme statement in any garden lacking joie de vivre. If you’re tired of the boring virginal whites then this one is sure to set tongues wagging.

  11. Blackbeard
  12. Naming a flower “Blackbeard” conjures thoughts of dark ivory, but that’s not the case with this variety. The stems and foliage are darker than your average penstemon but the flowers are an insipid mauve.

Growing Penstemon Digitalis From Seed

If you’re wondering why they propagate so profusely it’s because, according to this site, they produce more than 130,000 seeds to the ounce. The only way to stop it self-seeding is to deadhead your penstemons on a regular basis – good luck with that. Instead I will be attempting to do, smothering the rampant seedlings with very competitive companion plants.

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