If the fear of pruning a crape myrtle has held you back from owning one in your own home garden then the Garden Docs want to help you get over that fear. Their Sept. 6 advice on The Press Democrat about how to prune these beautiful garden additions starts with emphasizing the need to know where to plant your crape myrtle, so you can prune it less.
Successfully planting the Delta Jazz Crapemyrtle or the Early Bird Crapemyrtle available in Lavender, Purple or White is a snap, since the Southern Living Plant Collection website tells you exactly how tall each should be by maturity, so you can plant them in appropriate spaced settings.
Choosing the right location for a 6-foot tall to 4-foot wide white Early Bird Crapemrytle means you can let it grow more freely and have to prune it less. If you plant it in a space that is too small for it; however, you will spend more time pruning it than you will have to enjoy its blooms each year. And no one wants to do that.
In addition, the Southern Living Plant Collection crapemyrtles only have to be pruned once annually, after they bloom in the spring. So there is no guesswork. That's partially why the Atlanta Landscape Design Examiner chose SLPC's Delta Jazz Crapemyrtle for her trial garden in North Georgia. That and the fact that it has such beautiful deep-colored blooms as well as lovely leaves for fall and winter.
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