Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
Last fall our crape myrtle looked like this:
It was quite thin and had many dead areas within the branches. Texas had an extremely terrible drought last year. The reality is that we have been in a considerable drought for several years — though last year was truly the worst of it, resulting in several issues of devastating wildfires.
So we watered and nurtured our Crape Myrtle. It is a Byer’s White which can get between 15-20 feet high. Now it currently looks like this:
We decided not to prune it until after the summer heat is over. It’s always best to either prune in early spring or late fall. We want it to fill up and get good and healthy this summer and then we’ll prune it to have more shape like a typical crape myrtle. We also plan on planting a couple of the shrub variety in our front yard this fall in either a red or deep pink color to contrast the white of our current “survivor”.