Gaura has always been a favorite perennial flower of mine and even though it’s a bit tender in our clay soils, it can give a wonderful season-long show of blooms when it does survive.
I was pleased to see this variety pop up on the annuals bench – a Proven Winners variety called Gaura ‘Karalee Petite Pink’ so I picked up a couple in hopes they’ll last at least one winter.
Note: I purchased this plant at a local garden center for trial and review purposes
- Growth habit: these are upright plants when mature
- Bloom time: from early until late summer
- Height: 18-24 inches on this variety
- Width Apart: 18-inches
- Sun: full sun to very light shade
- Hardiness: USDA 6 (but hope springs eternal)
Gaura Karalee Petite Pink
Gaura ‘Karalee Petite Pink’ with interesting red foliage when foliage is new and pink flowers. You can see a few to the left of the picture
Gaura have a reputation for being drought resistant but like many tender perennials (hardy to USDA 6) they do much better when watered regularly in the summer and allowed to dry in the fall.
Deadheading isn’t necessary, this plant will bloom right though anything.
Use it in general landscaping and containers anywhere you need a burgundy foliage with pink flower.
Planted in spring 2013 in different locations in the garden.
Results to July – they are growing well even in the heat as can be seen from the pictures. Blooming sporadically but I expect better things once they get some growth on them and the temperatures cool a bit.
Excellent foliage color – a red tone to new growth that’s very attractive.
First year results. The plant bloomed sporadically all summer, never giving a massive amount of bloom I’d prefer for an annual flower. But consistent flowering – it did get better in the fall and bloomed right up until a very hard frost.
As an annual – acceptable and likely needs that “right” kind of mixed annual garden design to showcase its long-bloom period and great foliage color. Not a plant for traditional bedding color.
Update for 2014
I had some questions in my own mind whether this might be a bit hardier than “annual” and survive the winter. After the winter of 2014 – with it’s deep and unrelenting cold – I have to report this plant had a 50:50 survival rate. One died and the other lived. The survivor is late coming along but it’s throwing shoots from the bottom.
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