Myrtle Magic

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Nothing shouts Southern Color like our glorious Crape Myrtles!  At Evergreen of Johnson City, we specialize in Crapes (among a whole lot of other things) and would love to help you choose the one that fits your landscape, your tastes, and your budget!  The variety of size and colors present some gorgeous possibilities for your summer landscape…

When choosing a Crape Myrtle for your landscape, your first consideration is size.  The larger Crapes that range from 12 to 25 feet tall when fully grown are most common in our area and we have a number of colors and varieties to choose. These larger growing varieties are often trained to resemble multi-branch trees with unique trunk formations.

But growing fast in popularity are the different varieties of smaller to medium sized shrub-type Crape Myrtles, 4-6 feet tall and 8-12’ tall.  These smaller growing types are also available in a variety of colors and can still be used as singular landscape accents or planted in groups.

When choosing where to plant your new crape myrtles, keep in mind that these beauties do not begin to grow their seasonal leaves and blooms until late April, then it takes a bit for them to reach their full potential for the season.

Plant them in an area where they will receive full sun exposure.  At the very least, they will need a half day of sun but more is better.  And during their initial growth spurt each year (late April through June) when sun and light are starting their longer daily stays, your Crapes will respond beautifully to a couple of doses of Fertilome Gardener’s Special fertilizer, applied in early May and then again in June to July.

If you have any questions at all regarding coaxing the most stunning, colorful displays from your Crape Myrtles, CALL US!   Our expert advice based on decades of experience is yours, free for the asking!

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