Apart from the delicate, white flowers, one of the best things about Gaura lindheimeri Whirling Butterflies is that it flowers through-out the summer and well into autumn.
It’s an herbaceous perennial, so it dies back over the winter, but appears again the following spring.
It prefers good, rich soil, that’s well-drained, but isn’t too fussy so it will cope with thinner soil, and it’s happy in sun or part-shade. It does well in my garden on light, sandy soil, but it’s always best to add lots of compost to the planting hole.
Looks good planted in great swathes, but if you have a small garden, a group of three or five will look good too. Each plant grows to about 1.5 x 1.5 metres.
Have a lovely weekend.
images: Jill Anderson