Day 20 of the perennial plant challenge. Today’s lovely plant is Gaura ‘Rosy Jane’. We have grown many different Gaura over the years, starting with the homely species. Many of us planted that one, only to find it looked ugly for much of the year and then seeded everywhere! ‘Rosy Jane’ is nothing like the species we planted back then! Now we have this lovely sterile plant, with striking white and pink flowers from late spring through October. A truly awesome perennial n the garden, with these long blooming stems dancing in the breeze.
I wish I had taken a photo of the plant before it bloomed this spring, because it’s early spring growth is so unusual. Very long dark green leaves with large maroon blotches at the base, many people bought the plant just based on the foliage!
Gaura ‘Rosy Jane’ grows to about 24 inches x 24 inches, a nice size for a mixed border or for stuffing into a mixed pot. The shape is like a vase, so the plant looks very elegant in the garden. Plants prefer good drainage and a bit of fertilizer – in the spring and early fall. Prune back the plant hard in the middle of the summer to extend the bloom time into the fall. It is a great plant for attracting pollinators, and also for fresh bouquets. Plant in full sun to part shade. Hardy down to 20 degrees.