This tough plant will actually thrive in poor soil.

Colorful Combinations

When in bloom, gaura's wiry stems look like they're covered with small white or pink butterflies. And in fact, guara does draw plenty of pollinators. Its small, narrow leaves are often green, but the foliage also comes in soft burgundy, especially in the varieties with dark pink flowers. Many of the new dwarf varieties make exceptional, drought-tolerant container plants.

Gaura Care Must-Knows

A long taproot means these plants are well-adapted to drought and can withstand some harsh growing conditions. The one thing that must be avoided is wet soil because gaura's taproot is likely to rot in soggy conditions. During winter, gaura does best on the dry side and won't overwinter if kept too wet. Because of this, gaura is best planted in well-drained soil. An anomaly of the plant world, gaura tolerates poor growing conditions and grows better for it. In rich soil, it tends to grow leggy stems and lush foliage that cause the whole plant to flop.

One way to help prevent these naturally tall plants from flopping is by planting them in full sun. This ensures the sturdiest plants possible and promotes the most prolific flowering. Full sun also helps prevent any potential foliar diseases that may, on rare occasions, bother gaura. These plants are extremely heat- and humidity-tolerant and withstand the most brutal summer conditions while still putting on quite a show.

After their initial wave of blooms finishes in early- to midsummer, it's a good idea to give these plants a quick shearing. This keeps plants looking neat and ushers in the next round of flowers. In addition, in some types, this helps prevent potentially vigorous reseeding (a problem in ideal growing conditions).

New Innovations

Because of gaura's rugged nature, ability to stand up to harsh summer conditions, and profuse flowers, it has become quite popular. More work has been done to shrink these plants to accommodate containers, which makes them more workable in gardens. Their loose, willowy shape can be overwhelming in a smaller setting.

Gaura Companion Plants

Gaura Overview

Genus Name Gaura
Common Name Gaura
Plant Type Perennial
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 1 to 2 feet
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Color Blue/Green
Season Features Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom
Special Features Attracts Birds, Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Division, Seed, Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant


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