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Crape Myrtles, high summer bloom

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By Jeneen Wiche

We should use more crape myrtles in Kentuckiana, they are not just for more warm, temperate climates; in fact, there are a great many that go unbothered by an average winter in our parts. 

There is often a lull in the garden at this time, our early summer blooms are fading and our late summer garden has yet to pop; but the crape myrtle can provide a colorful bridge between the two. This summer blooming shrub is in full glory by the end of July through August, the months of high summer, as I like to call it. 

Lagerstroemia indica, the common crape myrtle that was long available in the trade, has been used as a flowering tree or large shrub in areas to the south.  Many of the old crape myrtles that are in Kentuckiana landscapes are root hardy, but they are killed back to the ground from time to time.