Gauras or whirling butterflies are wonderful deciduous perennials native to North America producing masses of star-shaped flowers on loose, airy stems. Flowering from early summer well into autumn, these favourites of the cottage and prairie garden are particularly suited to the herbaceous border and will mix especially well with echinaceas, grasses and penstemons. Floatting in the wind, their delicate flowers evoke the appearance of butterfly wings.
Plant gauras in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Feed with high potash feed every couple of weeks: if you garden organically, liquid seaweed is ideal as it is organic and comes from a sustainable source.
Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Gauras generally do not suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems.