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Gaura Lindheimeri problems

pjwizonpjwizon Posts: 46
Gaura is a fantastic plant - the specimens at Wisley are spectacular, and given their preference for free draining soil they seem to be a good choice for my garden's sandy, stony soil. I've planted 4 over the past two years and none have done well. The impression I get is that they don't like wet winters: there is no new spring growth as yet on 3 of the 4 plants.

Is this likely to be due to the wet winters we've had recently, or are they not that hardy?   


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    I would say it's down to the wet winters, but l don't think they're particularly long lived to be honest. Having said that, l have one starting it's fifth year, and l've moved it twice in that time.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,189
    I believe they are not that reliably hardy either, probably these freezing overnight temperatures have killed them off, mine look dead.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    They hate cold and wet. And heavy soil, though I see yours is light. They are easy to grow from seed, fortunately. Mine seldom survive winter.
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