Gaura may not be spectacular on its own,
but paired with grasses,
and it fairly shines in the fall.
One sunny October day,
these gentle star like blooms
cradled in feathery grasses
caught my attention as I drove by.
Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
does a good job of supporting
Gaura's (Gaura lindheimeri) sprawling stems,
its soft fronds contrasting
the bright blossoms.
Gaura is hardy in zones 6 - 9,
but doesn't always winter reliably.
Requiring good drainage,
it tolerates some drought.
Gaura likes sun or partial shade.
It will reseed if spent blooms are left on the plants.
Gaura has a long bloom time,
from late spring to fall.
Though I pass this garden a couple of times a week,
I didn't notice it until the fall, when
other flowers faded, making way for
Gaura to move into the spotlight.
Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') and
Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis),
shimmer in autumn light and
complete the scene.