Crape myrtles are a favorite large shrub or small tree in the southern garden. With the diverse number of cultivars ranging in flower colors and disease resistance, crape myrtles easily adapt to most home gardens.
They are a great addition because they have four seasons of interest. In the spring they have dark green, lustrous leaves. In the summer they flower in a range of colors. In the fall the leaves turn yellow, orange and red, and in the winter the smooth, gray exfoliating bark is handsome.
Crape myrtles look good in the landscape planted as a specimen or in groups and look especially attractive under-planted with a dark green groundcover.