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There is no flowering shrub in the south that is more ubiquitous and more loved than the mighty crepe myrtle, and that's what we're going to talk about on this episode. Dave will share the history, talk about the new exciting cultivars, and share tips on how to grow it.
Jul 2, 2015 7:33 PM CST
|Years ago, I paid my local nursery a high price for a Crepe Myrtle growing in a hanging basket. I was told that it was double the price of the other Lagerstroemias because it was "specially bred" to stay small. The plant took no notice of this foolishness, of course, and I soon acceded to the plant's clearly expressed wishes and planted it in the ground. It's now taller than my house. |
The best thing about Crepe Myrtles is the lack of special care they require. Most of the trees on Main Street in my town are Crepe Myrtles, and they're also planted along some of the freeways in Northern California because they grow and bloom without any need for landscaping maintenance expenses.
Jul 2, 2015 7:36 PM CST
|I'm highly amused!|
Don'tcha just hate it when no one tells the plant how it's supposed to behave?!?!?
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Jul 2, 2015 9:00 PM CST
|Yes! Especially those supposedly "disease-resistant" plants.|