Description / Plant Notes:
Patent Status: US Plant Patent: #17,293
Gaura ‘Passionate Blush’ is the result of significant breeding improvements offering a dense,
upright, erect habit that retains a neat appearance throughout the seasons. This compact
perennial grows 18 inches tall by 20 inches wide with 1 inch long leaves along red stems and
reddish buds that open to a display of beautiful pink flowers. The prolific display of flowers
are borne on shorter than usual stems and will add color to garden borders for an extensive
season with main flushes during the warmer months and spot flowering during winter months.
G. ‘Passionate Blush’ is the perfect selection for the traditional cottage style garden where it can casually intermingle with other 'frothing' perennials in a border for that romantic ambience often sought after. The dense, upright habit coupled with burgundy coloring in the new growth makes G. 'Passionate Blush' a terrific specimen shrub as well as offering the potential for creating an eye-catching, informal hedge. It will perform well in the border and is also terrific in large size containers or tubs for inner city gardens or paved areas.
Gauras are tough plants that are easy and fast growing. The perform best in full sun. They tolerate a wide range of soils from sandy to clay based although performs best in well-drained, moist and fertile soil with occasional to regular summer watering. A particularly good choice for water wise gardens, G. ‘Passionate Blush’ will grow in hot, dry conditions, however, mulching and occasional deep watering during extended dry periods is recommended. Gauras are cold and frost tolerant.
Gauras are easy to prune — simply trim off up to half of the plants overall size in early spring to promote flower production and to maintain a neat shape. A light prune to remove spent flower stems in mid summer can extend flowering into winter. An application of slow release fertilizer during early spring is also beneficial.