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Gaura lindheimeri

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Ideal for a dry sunny spot

An elegant perennial with slender stems rising above a compact mound of red tinted, green leaves. It is brilliant for adding colour to the garden in late summer. A compact variety with delicate white, pink or red butterfly-like flowers fluttering above the dark leaves from summer to autumn.

Where?

Plant in a sunny spot. Ideal for the front of a border or container.

How?

Best in a well-drained soil, add coarse grit or sand to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use good quality compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Gauras are native to Texas and Louisiana.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 60 cm - 80 cm
Plant width 55 cm - 70 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From May to September