Phlowers – Gaura

The lovely pink blossoms of Gaura resemble butterflies. The flowers, growing from the base of the plant on tall stalks, easily move with the breezes giving a perfect impersonation of butterflies flitting about in the garden.

I’ve been pleased with both varieties of Gaura I’m growing in my garden. One is taller, with sparser light pink blooms, the other shorter, covered with hot pink blossoms. They are side by side and the long stems blend together creating a beautiful display all summer long.

I don’t use them as a cut flower because I’ve found the petals fall off easily. I do carefully snip the florets at their base and place them inside books to press. They dry beautifully and the flowers retain their vivid color for quite awhile.

One of my plants is two years old. The other planted this past Spring, quickly grew to a large size. I hope to plant more of these beauties, but first I will check beneath them in the Spring to see if they self-seeded. I grow them in full, hot sun, in soil that quickly drains. They will develop root rot if planted in poorly draining soil.

You can find more information on how to grow Gaura on Gardening Know How.

This post is part of Cee’s Flower of the Day.

13 thoughts on “Phlowers – Gaura

    1. Timelesslady

      Hi Arlene, they are rather new to me too. I’ve been pleased with their non-stop bloom. They had a little bit of a light bloom time at once point in the summer, and then when it cooled down just a bit they were covered in blooms again. It’s frosted here two or three times, and they are still blooming.

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  1. My wife and I have built a botanical garden in our backyard ([pagodas, running water, bridges, brick paths..the whole works), and learned to divide plants into two categories: invasive, and non-invasive….’cause those invasive ones can ruin the whole garden.

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    1. Timelesslady

      I have kept the Gaura in bounds…so far…since I press flowers, and then sell quite a few, of these I can let them go a bit. They are reliable and hold their color for quite awhile. One thing I have stopped growing, at least near the main gardens, is morning glory. I have never, ever, had to pull so many sprouts as I have these plants. Since I never deadheaded them as I do other plants, every Spring and all Summer long, they become like weeds in my flower beds. Thanks for stopping by…I enjoy your blog posts.

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