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Gaura

Kin to the native Gaura lindheimeri found growing in Texas and Louisiana, our long-lived ornamental selections celebrate an open, lighthearted stance that’s well-suited for native or more natural-style plantings. Sun-loving Gauras are characterized by narrow stalkless leaves and branched flower spikes, which produce a multitude of buds and 1 in. wide blossoms, unfurling several at a time.

<i>Gaura lindheimeri</i> ‘Pink Cloud’

This new floriferous cultivar of the popular Southwest native was introduced by Plants Delight Nursery. Like a celestial shroud, myriad deep pink blooms appear to envelope its upright stance for months on end. With arching, wiry, reddish stems, wine-colored buds and narrow, maroon-mottled foliage, we plant it amidst Oenothera stricta, Nepeta, Lavenders and hardy Geraniums for an overall relaxed look. A late spring pruning and lean, well drained soil will ensure countless flowers and a more compact shape.

Blooms June–November.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Gaura lindheimeri</i> ‘So White’

Like luminous butterflies on a breeze, 4-petaled pure white blossoms with sparkling centers adorn slender, loosely arranged flower wands. This compact dwarf hails from Australia, and its narrow green leaves plus green stems possess a willowy relaxed appearance that softens edges or nearby plants such as Aster ‘Bridal Veil’ and Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’. Asking only for good drainage, long-blooming ‘So White’ deserves a place in your garden, where it will tackle heat, humidity and some drought.

Blooms June – October

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 5/6.

<i>Gaura lindheimeri</i> ‘Summer Breeze’

Originating in Austria’s Sarastro Nursery and introduced by Jelitto in 2008, this robust selection boasts not only exceptional cold hardiness, but a bevy of beautiful white blooms. Slim burgundy-dappled, green leaves send up long, gracefully arching scepters, dressed in pink buds and pearly flowers from early summer ’til frost. Adored by honey bees and flower arrangers, ‘Summer Breeze’ is aptly named, exhibiting an airy laid-back look that can be partnered with Salvia reptans West Texas Form.

Blooms June – October

Size: 4' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Gaura lindheimeri</i> ‘White Heron’

Growing as a bushy well-branched perennial, ‘White Heron’s attractive somewhat smaller upright stature is defined by dark slender stalks clad in lance-shaped medium green leaves. An ethereal plethora of white flowers, embellished by long wispy white stamens, matures to light pink atop thin stems for an eye-catching 4 month-long presentation. This recently introduced cold hardy Gaura signals cooler weather with wine-colored striations and appreciates lean sharp draining soil as well as periodic deadheading.

Blooms June-October

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Colorful Crocosmias, Be Awed by your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

Click here to view our Late August 2019 Newsletter!

Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

YES, it’s possible to be in awe of your late August garden….

At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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