Gauras are deservedly popular perennials grown world wide because they are so easy to grow. Gauras grow equally well in sunny gardens, garden pots and larger baskets. Gauras are flowering perennials suitable for Australasian gardens with little need of care once established
Flower borders in full sun where a touch of dainty pink brings the garden to life. Pots to use around patios, on terraces and barbeque areas are some of the best uses. Baskets, as long as they can be watered and not dry out.
Basic care for Gaura will give you several years of pleasure. After planting in your well draining fertile garden bed, mulch around the plant and water it in. Very little water is needed from then on once it is established. Several months after the plant has flowered it will look begin to look shabby and will need a prune back to encourage more flower to develop. Take all the top growth off leaving the crown. Apply a balanced fertilizer for a healthy plant.
Gauras come to us from the plains of North America. Gaura lindheimeri, one parent of this plant, is native from Louisiana to Texas. Gaura coccinea, the other parent is native from South Dakota to Mexico. Breeding between these two species was done over several years by Edward Bunker at Redland Bay in Queensland.