Gaura Cherry Brandy
Gaura always reminds us of delicate pink butterflies dancing around the top of a plant. They have an open airy habit and a long flowering period from summer through autumn. They come in shades of pink from the palest almost white through to a rosy pink.
There are some annual varieties of gaura but these perennial varieties will lose their leaves over winter before the new green and pink shoots start emerging in the spring.
Gaura needs a sunny position that is well drained. They typically grow between 45cm (1½') and 75cm (2½') tall and so are ideal for the front to middle of a sunny border. They need to be planted where they are not being shaded by other plants, being a late flowering perennial it can easily become shaded by other perennials and struggle to perform.
They do not normally suffer from pests but can struggle to grow if planted too close to more vigorous herbaceous plants so give them a bit of space or trim back earlier flowering herbaceous perennials nearby.
Gaura can be grown as part of a mixed border, and there are plenty of pastel coloured varieties such as achillea and some salvias which will provide a beautiful themed border.