Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

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Buy Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' gaura: Long-lasting, white flowers. Copes well with drought

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline)

    A graceful, hazy plant with airy wands of white, fading to pink, star-shaped flowers with distinctive long anthers like daddy long-legs, held on slender stems from May to September. This exceptionally long-flowering perennial, with slender, grey-green leaves, looks equally at home in an informal cottage-style garden or among soft grasses in a new perennial border. This variety is particularly free flowering, drought-tolerant and will soak up the sun. Give it space, as its wispy stems will lean over other plants and pathways.

  • Garden care: Resist the temptation to cut back gaura after it has flowered as it takes on beautiful autumn tints, particularly in cold weather. Cut back and lift and divide large colonies in spring.

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Eventual height & spread

I love this gaura and it is thriving

5

Used in a new bed

Rosy

Essex village

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These are wonderful! Absolute joy throughout the summer.

5

These are wonderful! Absolute joy throughout the summer.

Judi

Suffolk

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So nice I bought 3.

4

So happy to find this as a mixed variety (3) purchase, didn't know the plant name but clear description and pictures on the site helped reassure me.

Helen

Northamptonshire

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Just like butterflies - a joy

5

These arecharming and versatile providing a singing background for other more substantial plants.

Mags

London

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Excellent plant

5

Very good plant,has flowered since June

Last gardener

Wales

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I loved it but...

4

I loved this plant, it was beautiful. But it did not survive. I will buy another and try again...perhaps it needed a sunnier spot?!

Lorna

Sussex

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I would certainly buy from Crocus again

4

A brilliant type of whirling butterflies (Gaura) - they flower right up to the start of frosts

Angela

Market Rasen

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Beautiful plant

5

A lovely plant that grew so tall in its first year I have moved it to a tub and position where it can be better appreciated - even with (or maybe because of) the cutting back and replanting it has lots of new shoots, in spite of the cold snap and I am looking forward to seeing it thrive this coming summer.

Sally

Taunton

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Guara

5

Lovely plants established quickly and gave a good display and obviously enjoyed the warm summer will now see if they survive a Scottish winter!

Scotty

West lothian

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Love this

5

Planted with the orange echinacea as advertised in a difficult position and it was a triumph - thank you

Peony

Peak District

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Can these be planted out now or would it be better to wait for the spring? Thank you.

Jo

It really depends on what growing conditions you have in your garden. These are borderline hardy, so while they would be fine to plant now in a sheltered garden with freely draining soil, it might be riskier in an exposed garden with soil that remains heavy or wet for any length of time in winter.

Helen

Could you please explain why you describe a plant as being fully hardy but then in brackets borderline? Surely a plant is half hardy, hardy or fully hardy? You could say fully hardy to -10c for example. I often find myself liking a plant but then deciding not to buy as it's fully hardy (borderline).

Pete53

Thanks for your feedback. I'm afraid though that when it comes to hardiness levels it is a bit of a sliding scale. We have considered using temperatures, however this can be misleading. That's because while many plants will cope with low temperatures if the soil is freely draining, they will not tolerate the same low temperatures in soils that are heavy and wet - or if they are growing in an exposed position.

Helen

I've just bought 3 Gaura Lindheimeri plants from you. I can't find any instructions on how far apart they should be planted.

CAS

These plants have an eventual spread of around 90cm, however the planting distance will vary depending on the effect you are trying to create - and how long you are prepared to wait!

Helen

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