Gaura 'Rosy Hardy' growing with ornamental grasses

How to grow gaura

Find out all you need to know about growing gaura, in this detailed Grow Guide.

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Plant

Do not Plant in January

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Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

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Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do Cut back in March

Do Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do not Cut back in October

Do not Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Gaura are pretty, deciduous perennials, that look great in cottage garden style or informal plantings. Gauras have a relaxed habit with small starry flowers in white or pink, appearing from early summer right through to autumn. They are good for filling gaps and can also be grown in containers, in an informal combination with grasses and trailing plants.

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Take a look at our handy Gaura Grow Guide, below.


Where to plant gaura

Gaura 'Rosy Shimmers'
Gaura ‘Rosy Shimmers’

Gauras are prarie plants native to the southern states of the USA and Mexico and need a warm sunny position. They tolerate partial shade and need moist but well drained soil.


Planting gaura

Dig a generous hole adding in a handful grit and well-rotted compost to improve drainage. Don’t plant out too early – grow on in pots and add to borders later on in July when plants are bushier.


Propagation

Planting gaura as part of a mixed container display
Planting gaura as part of a mixed container display

You can sow seed of gauras in spring, or take softwood or semi-ripe cuttings. Make bushy plants but trimming cuttings regularly.


Gaura: problem solving

Gauras are generally pest and disease free.


Care

Gauras don’t need a lot of maintenance. Cut back and divide congested clumps in spring, but don’t try moving more mature plants as they don’t transition very successfully. Don’t worry if dark spots appear on leaves as this is quite normal. In autumn foliage often turns lovely shades of red in colder weather.


Gaura varieties to try

Gaura lindheimeri 'Pink Bride'
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Pink Bride’
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  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘The Bride’  – forms a mat of soft foliage that contrasts beautifully with its delicate white flowers held on long thin stems. It has a long flowering season that lasts from early summer well into autumn
  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘Ruby Ruby’  – with bright pink flowers and dark, pink-bronze stems and foliage. Shorter than other gauras, it suits natural style plantings at the front of a border, and makes an excellent cut flower
  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterfly’  – with a mat of grey-green foliage that contrasts beautifully with its delicate white-pink flowers
  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘Gaudwwhi’ (Geyser White)  – forms a mat of delicate, mid-green foliage and produces white of its flowers, which are held like wands on long thin stems. It has a wild, slightly unkempt look
  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘Gaudros’ (Geyser Pink)  – forms a mat of delicate, mid-green foliage that brings out the soft pink of its flowers