No yard or landscape should be without a crape myrtle, or two, or three, or… many! How wonderful to have something that blooms so profusely during that time of year when most other plants are looking tired and worn from the summer heat and drought. Crape myrtles blooms in late summer and can be found in flower colors of pinks, lilac, white, reds and purples. Requiring very little maintenance once established, crape myrtles need a full sun location to thrive and they do not like wet feet. Keep these needs in mind when selecting a site to plant them. They will require some supplemental watering for the first year or so to get off to a good start. Crape myrtles are also pretty much pest free, except for a run in with aphids on occasion and these are easily controlled with an insecticidal soap spray. Some varieties are more susceptible to powdery mildew than others but most of the newer varieties are more resistant to this fungus problem.
Crape myrtles can be found in shrub, multi-stem tree and single trunk tree forms. For best results select a cultivar whose growth characteristics and ultimate size fit your intended use. Planting a shrub- or tree-like crape myrtle in an area of limited space will require yearly pruning to keep it from outgrowing its place. Single- or multi-stemmed tree-form crape myrtles are ideal as flowering specimen trees or as small, flowering shade trees near patios, walkways, and entrances. Shrub forms make an excellent accent in a shrub border when planted in groups. Dwarf plants are effective as large groundcovers, perennial bedding plants, or container plants providing vivid, summer-flowering interest.
If adequate room is provided, little pruning is required except to maintain shape or remove any dead or crossing branches. Remove any suckers or water sprouts to maintain tree forms. Blossoms are produced on new growth so you can prune anytime the plants are dormant through the winter.
Flower Carpet Roses
The Flower Carpet Rose is a disease resistant low growing shrub which requires none of the usual care that other roses do. Not only does it produce thousands of blossoms over the growing season but it is virtually carefree. Deadheading, pruning, spraying and constant feeding are all unnecessary to keep these plants looking their best, although deep watering is suggested for new plantings. Once established, Flower Carpet Roses can become quite drought tolerant.
Flower Carpet Roses can be used in a variety of ways in the home garden. These plants are wonderful for foundation plantings, for covering sloping banks, to line a walkway or driveway, in large containers or simply mixed in among other flowers in perennial borders. The Flower Carpet Rose can go anywhere and still look spectacular.
Flower Carpet roses are America’s #1 ground cover rose and can flower for up to 10 months (depending upon climate). Masses of blooms and rich glossy green foliage adorn this full, rounded shrub. No fancy pruning is required to keep these beauties looking great. Just cut back with shears to 1/3 size in early spring to keep them in shape. With the best disease resistance of all roses, Flower Carpet Roses are proving to be the best garden and landscape roses ever.
Flower Carpet Roses are every gardener’s dream – virtually carefree plants that produce masses of colorful flowers throughout the growing season. Who could ask for more?