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Talk of the Town: NEW Crepe Myrtles

Hampton Road’s love affair with crepe myrtles is undeniable. Few plants can match their combination of stunning summer flowers, vibrant autumn foliage, and unique and beautiful exfoliating bark. With so many cultivars to choose from, we’ve selected a few of the newer introductions that you're sure to fall in love with!

  1. Ebony & Ivory - features clusters of pure white blooms with yellow eyes that pop against the intense, dark purple, almost black foliage. This upright grower reaches 10 to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Ebony & Ivory is disease resistant and drought tolerant and is perfect as an accent tree.
  2. Ebony Flames - features vibrant, dark red blooms offset by intense black foliage that blooms summer through fall! This semi-dwarf grows to approximately 10-12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Ebony Flame is drought-tolerant is ideal as an accent plant in the landscape.
  3. Princess Lyla - this dwarf variety boast rose pink blooms with deep green foliage in summer that turns to copper red in fall. Lyla reaches a height and spread of 18 to 24 inches. This myrtle variety is also disease resistant, heat and cold tolerant and right at home in beds, containers and mass plantings.
  4. Princess Holly Ann - with vibrant cherry red blooms, this mounding dwarf crepe myrtle blossoms from summer to fall. Features deep green foliage in summer with purplish-red growth in fall. Reaches 4-5 feet tall with a 2 1/2 to 3 feet spread. This disease resistant, heat and cold tolerant shrub is just the thing for garden beds, containers and mass plantings.

Don't miss our 33rd annual Crepe Myrtle Fest, July 18-19 where you'll see the best selection of Crepe Myrtles in town! LEARN MORE >>

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Plant of the Week: Ebony & Ivory Crepe Myrtle

The crepe myrtle is originally from China and has been in cultivation in the United States for more than a century. This beloved tree can be seen all over Hampton Roads, lining streets in its wide range of colors and sizes. July and August mark the peak of the tree’s 100-day blooming period -- putting on a show of beautiful crepe paper-like flowers.

Ebony & Ivory is one of our NEWEST crepe myrtles on the block. If you're looking for a truly unique crepe... this one is a must-have! You'll adore it's clusters of pure white blooms with yellow eyes that pop against its intense, dark purple -almost ebony foliage. This upright grower blooms summer into fall and reaches a mature size of 10 to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Ebony & Ivory makes and excellent accent plant in the landscape and rest assured - Ebony & Ivory is disease resistant and drought tolerant. If you looking for summer-blooming perennials to pair with this crepe -- we recommend gallardia, agastache, lantana, coreopsis, coneflowers and daylilies.

Come find out why the Crepe Myrtle is the locals favorite tree THIS weekend at our 33rd annual Crepe Myrtle Fest -- with the best selection of crepes in town! LEARN MORE >>

It's Root-amentary

Fall is a great time to plant.

Did you know fall is a great time to plant? Cool weather provides ideal growing conditions for new plants. By planting now, roots have time to become established without the stress of summer’s heat.

With the cooler temperatures and increased rainfall, the time from fall to spring will help the plant’s roots become better established. The soil is still warm in the fall and allows roots to grow until the ground freezes. (With mild weather, roots may even continue to grow throughout the winter.) If the same plant is put in the ground in the spring, it gets a slower start because soils are cooler. If planted in the summer, it may become extremely stressed due to heat, drought and an insufficient root system.

Now's the perfect time to plant some of these favorite trees & shrubs:

• Camellias
• Encore Azaleas
• Purple Leaf Plum Trees
• Dogwoods
• Indian Hawthorns
• Maples
• Boxwoods
• Holly
• Knock Out Roses
• Fruit Trees
• Arborvitae
• Gardenias
• Crepe Myrtles
• Nandinas
• Palms

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