Perennials forum: Gaura 'Belleza Dark Pink'

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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Apr 3, 2016 10:30 AM CST


This is a photo of the new gaura I bought at---SURPRISE-- Walmart. I could hardly believe it for we rarely ever get much in this garden shop that I have any interest in, especially a, I guess, fairly new hybrid. Even better, gaura is a Texas native, so I am hoping this will do well here for a long time. Another really big plus is the size--this is a gallon and a half, and the price was really reasonable. I checked the ATP Plant database and this plant is listed, but I see genus is also Oenothera, and I always used Gaura. I am going to post this pic to the data base. One other thing I learned, and this is there are a number of gaura hybrids I have never heard of and never seen. At one time, I did have Whirling Butterflies but it lasted only a few years, and I am sure it died because of too wet soil. This one is planted, hopefully, in a much better spot with faster drainage.

Name: Julia
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springcolor
Apr 3, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Very pretty, hope it does well for you. I have never had much luck with Gaura, never over winters and will not bloom for me. I think washingto may be to wet and summer not warm enough. Good find. Keep us posted on how it does.
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 3, 2016 1:09 PM CST
Guara never ever over winters for me. But it does wonderfully during the season for me.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 3, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Swirling Butterflies did too well here and self-seeded in a huge area. I had no choice but to remove it. Some seeds grew even a year or two later.
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Apr 3, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Our Whirling Butterflies never did re-seed, probably because it wasn't happy with us. Sad I loved the look of it and hope this one will last a long time. I will be looking for seedlings since it evidently can re-seed, something I didn't know.
Name: Bonnie
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droughttolerant
Apr 20, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Hi Avedon, I got three of these last spring, and they are really prolific bloomers. Mine are about three feet tall. I took this so you can see how big they can get.
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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Aug 7, 2016 3:07 PM CST
After looking at Bonnie's beautiful picture, I almost don't want to post this one, but here is our Belleza Dark Pink gaura and we are very happy with it. So are a lot of pollinators--I laugh to see the big bumblebees trying to get the nectar. They really bend down the stems--I call it Bumblebee bungee jumping.

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UrbanWild
Jan 4, 2017 11:00 AM CST
We did very well with this planted fresh in Sept. They were hard cases and bounced back with vigor. They bloomed all the way into December surviving several frosts until extended days in the teens. Do I cut back the above ground growth?
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.
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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
Daylilies Cat Lover Hummingbirder Region: Texas Salvias Bee Lover
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Avedon
Jan 9, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Hello, UrbanWild, you did a good thing, caused me to look up pruning for this plant. Mostly what I am seeing is to cut it back by half in early spring, so for us that means about the end of March, unless we have a cold snap, which can happen. This will be the first time for us to prune this plant, so it is going to be a learning experience. Glad to hear that your guara did so well for you, we really like ours, definitely great for pollinators.

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