Deer-resistant perennial container

Deer-resistant, drought/heat tolerant, long-blooming, attractive to butterflies and perennial to boot!

Credit: Proven Winners

Gaura ‘Karalee Petite Pink’ pirouettes at centre in this deer-resistant Proven Winners perennial planting.

Appearing ephemeral, Gaura is anything but! Drought/heat tolerant, long-blooming, it attracts butterflies…thus its common name of butterfly flower. ‘Karalee’ features clear-pink wands and dark-green to burgundy foliage.

Pot-mates are Heuchera – brown-sugar toned ‘Crème Brulee’, chartreuse ‘Key Lime Pie’, annual ‘Tricolor’ Ipomoea. Carefree, evergreen and stunning with light penetrating its leaves, Heuchera safely overwinters in containers except in coldest zones. Cool temperatures create lovely variations in foliage colour.

Contained plants may lose up to two climate zones; it’s safest for cold-zone readers to transplant Gaura to the garden in September!