Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

The mats of soft foliage with tall spikes of butterfly-like flowers floating above them have a very informal, even slightly wild look that suits natural-style borders. This is a good plant for a cottage garden, for flowering ground cover on a bank or among shrubs, where it teams well with almost anything. It is as versatile in the garden as Gypsophila for the flower arranger. Use clumps throughout a border to link stronger shapes and colours together, and include in a white garden. The long flowering season from early summer into autumn makes it specially valuable. It prefers full sun and light, well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Gaura

Species: lindheimeri

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 120cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: March to June

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: June to September


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