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Crepe myrtles beautify any yard or landscape setting. They are low-maintenance, long-blooming and come in a variety of colors sure to please everyone in the family. Here are some types of crepe myrtles and how you can incorporate them into your landscape setting with ease. 


Enhance Decks and porches With Crepe Myrtle Plants



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. 

Driveways

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. 

 Crepe Myrtle Varieties

Crepe myrtles are beautiful flowering trees that bloom out in the summer. They are highly resistant to heat and droughts. They grow well in most soil types. Their blooms appear on new wood so they should be pruned in the winter or early spring. During the growing season, trimming off spent flowers will promote a second bloom. The trees are susceptible to mildew, but planting in full sunlight will inhibit the fungus. There are also hybrid crepe myrtles that are resistant to mildew. Crepe myrtle trees make excellent privacy hedges or decorative borders. There are several different types of crepe myrtles to choose from, or they may be mixed and grown in clusters to produce a striking display.

 
The Natchez white crepe myrtle is often used in landscaping. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree. This hybrid was formed by crossing a crossing Lagerstroemia indica with a Lagerstroemia fauriei. They are widely grown in the southern part of the United States but also extend into the northern states. The Natchez white crepe myrtle typically grows to be between grow 20 to 30 feet in height in southern areas where it is the hardest. Its flowers grow in clusters and last longer than those of other flower plants. The blooms yield brownish colored fruits that persist through the winter. Excessive fertilizing will diminish the tree’s blossoms. This variety of crepe myrtle is highly resistant to mildew.
 
The red rocket crepe myrtle produces massive blooms all through autumn. Large, cherry red clusters bloom out in the spring. Some flowers are as large as 8 inches. During the autumn months, the foliage turns to a bright orange. Then it changes to crimson before returning to green in the spring for another spectacular display. The red rocket crepe myrtle grows to be approximately 20 to 30 feet in height and 8 to 10 feet in width. It is a very easy plant to grow and requires very little maintenance. The tree grows outward with multiple stems but can be trained to have only one trunk.
 
The purple crepe myrtle is a semi-dwarf variety that grows to be 6 to 10 feet in height and 5 to 6 feet in width when mature. It produces large clusters of dark purple blossoms. The foliage is dark reddish orange color when new but changes to dark, glossy green as it matures. This crepe myrtle is susceptible to mildew, black spot, and aphids. Regularly inspecting the trees will prevent damage by these organisms. They bloom best in full sunlight. 
 
The pink crepe myrtle has soft pink flowers beginning in the summer months. Its blooms take on an appealing contrast against the dark purple foliage. These trees grow to be 10 to 12 feet in height. They make excellent ornamental trees. They can also be used as a privacy screen or property divider since they may spread 8 to 10 feet. Since they tend to spread as they grow, they should be planted 4 to 5 feet apart. The pink crepe myrtle grows best and produces more blooms when in full sunlight.