Gaura

03/11/2009

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If anyone out there has "dirt" instead of "soil," then Guara is for you.  Let me introduce you to this little wonder: Guara lindheimeri is a perennial that will grow in every state, hot or cold.  Typically two to four feet tall and wide and never needs dividing.  It can take drought or wet condition provided it is planted in well draining soil; here in Oklahoma, we add a lot of composted pine bark mulch to acheive that.  You can expect blooms all season, spring to fall.  Deadheading is not necessary but will encourage faster rebloom and discourage self seeding.  All varieties have floweres in the pinke to red family but they will provide different effects.


Siskiyou Pink, (my favorite) has dark buds that bloom much lighter giving a two tone effect.




Whirling Butterflies, Pinkish white flowers that are the largest of all varieties. 


     -PHOTO: Peoria Gardens






Corrie's Gold, Gold tinged leaves





Dauphin, 5-7 feet tall and pink flowers that fade to white


While many more varieties exist, we are at the mercy of the market.  Not being the most popular plant, most nurseries only carry one or two varieties.  If you do find one, you will be happy as long as you plant is in site with poor soil.  Rich soil and fertilization will decrease bloom and inspire legginess.  They are, however, perfect for container culture!