Decks And Patios
Dwarf varieties of crepe myrtles lend themselves well to containers, placed around decks and patios. The red crepe myrtle adds a pop of color to backyard patios, while the pink crepe myrtle provides a softer look. Petite varieties are available that only grow to heights of about 5 feet, perfect for container planting.
You can plant crepe myrtles down driveways for a spectacular view. The white crepe myrtle looks stunning in this manner. You can also place them around your home as specimen trees for a dramatic effect. There are many varieties that reach 10 feet in height, with a rounded crown that works well in these areas.
Crepe myrtles are cold hardy when grown in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10. They love full sun and tolerate dry conditions very nicely once they have become established in the landscape. These trees grow best in moist, well-drained soil with frequent periods of watering until they are well-established.
It is easy to keep your crepe myrtles looking their best with just a little pruning during the winter. These plants are shrubs, but can be pruned to a tree form as well. If you want to add a bit of fertilizer to your crepe myrtles, do so in the spring for best results.
If you want a dramatic color, the red crepe myrtle is the perfect choice. The white crepe myrtle creates a serene and peaceful outdoor environment. If you like pastels, the pink crepe myrtle may be for you. Incorporating these lovely shrubs into your outdoor setting will enhance the natural beauty and give it curbside appeal.