Gaura

A genus of North American natives in the Evening Primrose family, the Onagraceae.

<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, four-petaled pure white blossoms with sparkly centers adorn slender, loosely arranged flower wands. This new, compact dwarf hails from Australia, and its narrow green leaves possess a willowy relaxed look that softens edges or nearby plants such as Boltonia ‘Snowbank’ and Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’. Asking only for good drainage, long blooming ‘So White’ deserves a place in your garden where it easily tackles 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 carefree 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.

Gaura lindheimeri ‘White Heron’ (P-1838)

Each $7.75

AVAILABLE LATE OCTOBER 2018

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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Our featured plant: Achillea 'Hella Glashoff'

Amazing Achilleas, Invigorate your summer plantings!

Amazing Achilleas…. These sturdy, dependable perennials produce small indivdual blooms that populate broad, flat flower heads, lending welcome horizontal elements to any garden bed. Ideal for bouquets, fresh or dried, the long-lasting blossoms range in color from alabaster to soft yellow and gold, as well as terracotta, pink and sassy red. Cut back their flowers in midsummer and enjoy a fall encore! Spicy scented, attractive fern-like green or gray-tinged foliage cloaks their strong straight stems. Slowly spreading and somewhat drought tolerant, Yarrow seem to thrive on neglect. They can handle low soil fertility plus coastal wind and salt spray. Be sure to check out our diverse on-line Achillea selections!

Invigorate your summer plantings.… A few simple maintenance techniques will help plants appear fresh throughout the upcoming dog days of summer. The addition of a chipped bark mulch or well-rotted compost, applied as a top-dressing, not only reduces water requirements, but generally makes it easier for plants to maintain perky looking leaves and vigorous habits. A July or early August trimming of long-blooming perennials, such as Nepetas and most Geraniums ensures myriad flowers that will keep on coming ‘til the first frost. Featured in this newsletter, you’ll find the fabulous plants that caught my eye as Boobah and I took our morning walk through the nursery and adjacent display borders this past week. Hopefully, you’ll have room to ensconce several of them in a well-traveled spot. Happy Digging!

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