For easy-care color, it's hard to beat crape myrtles. They are currently putting on their summer into fall display of brilliant blossoms in gardens throughout the Silicon Valley. Heat and drought tolerant, they shine when other plants are hanging back.
Plant them in full sun for best flowering. You'll discover crape myrtles also have beautiful fall color and very interesting bark, providing year-round interest.
The National Arboretum has been actively hybridizing crape myrtles for disease resistance in a range of sizes with spectacular results. Newer hybrids are available both in tree (standard) and "bush" (multi-trunk) forms for any size of garden, or even containers.
Following are some of the varieties now in stock in both tree and bush form:
Brilliant reddish-pink flowers. Grows to 15' tall.
Bright red flowers. Grows 10' to 15' tall.
Rich pink flowers. Grows 8' to 10' tall.
Bright coral-pink flowers. Grows to 25' tall.
Other varieties of interest:
White flowers. Grows '20 to 30' (available in bush form).
Red flowers. Grows 10' to 15' tall (available in tree form).
Most are blooming now, so come in to choose the color, size and form that is best for your garden.
Beautiful bark of a Crape Myrtle
Multi-trunk Dynamite Crape Myrtles planted as a screen
'Tonto' Crape Myrtle