Friday, July 13th, 2012...1:23 pm

People Enjoy Crape Myrtle in TheGardenLady’s Garden

Lagerstroemia by Koshyk

TheGardenLady is back to writing about some of the flowers in her garden that make people stop and ooh and aah. Today she will talk about Crape myrtle, also known as Lagerstroemia, which is the Latin name for this gorgeous large shrub or small tree that blooms in late summer.

TheGardenLady is so thrilled that they have developed Crape myrtles that are hardy to USDA Hardiness Temp. Zone 6 so that I can have this show off shrub in my garden. Up until these new hardy plants were developed, Crape myrtles only grew in Zones 7-9.   (see here)

These are called four season plants because their bark is interesting in the winter, some have maroon new leaves in the spring, they have flowers in summer and their foliage may turn color in the fall.

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