Pink Crape Myrtle in bloom

If you are trying to create a four season garden, it's important to think about having something in bloom throughout the year.  So as your annuals start to wane, it's time for the glory days of Crape Myrtle.  When the rest of us may be struggling with the heat, the Crape Myrtle actually just starts to looks its best.

blooming Catawba Crape MyrtleCatawba Crape Myrtle

Long coveted in the south, this ornamental tree blooms spikes of pink, purple, white or red flowers which crown its branches in late July and August.  Int he fall, the leaves turn a brilliant red/orange, and its peeling bark provides winter interest, as well.  This tree or bush loves heat and humidity, tolerates drought once established, and grows quickly.