Crape myrtles are considered the "lilacs of the South." They grow easily in hot climates, flowering in summer when few other trees are in bloom. However, gardeners with small yards have limited space to grow standard crape myrtle varieties. In addition, many varieties are plagued by diseases such as powdery mildew on the leaves and flowers.
Now plant breeder Michael Dirr from the University of Georgia has introduced a line of disease-resistant, dwarf crape myrtles that can grow in small spaces. The Razzle Dazzle series includes varieties with powdery mildew resistance and flower colors that range from red to white. Some varieties, such as 'Snow Dazzle', grow only 2 to 3 feet tall, making them great additions to perennial flower borders or containers. Larger varieties, such as 'Raspberry Dazzle', grow to 5 feet tall and work well when grown as specimen or foundation plants.
For more information on the Razzle Dazzle series, go to: Gardener's Confidence.
Article published on March 15, 2006.