Crepe Myrtle After The Rain

Crape or Crepe Myrtles can be grown in zones 7 to 9 in the USA in any soil type. The site should be in the bright, hot sun: full or partial sun (6hrs min). No heavy shade for Crape Myrtles. It’s very popular in the southeastern USA. Crepe Myrtles are originally from Asia.

When summer comes here in central Florida, I always look forward to the crepe myrtle trees flowering. I see them everywhere as they are very popular. The second year I was living in my home, an old dying tree was leaning toward my neighbor’s home. I had it cut down. The next year I planted a small crepe myrtle tree with hot pink blossoms in the old tree’s spot in the front yard. Several days ago after a morning rain I took photos to share.

Wishing you a beautiful summer day.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

26 thoughts to “Crepe Myrtle After The Rain”

  1. Your crepes are beautiful! I always love their different colors. Each one is so gorgeous. We have several crepes in our yard too.

  2. Crepe myrtles are such beautiful trees! I remember falling in love with them on my first trip to the south when I was young. The color of yours are gorgeous!

  3. Love the vibrant colors of the Crepe Myrtle after the rain. Wish we had some of the rain you’ve been having here in Tucson. Can you send any over? Have a lovely day Carol. Warm regards, Nancy Andres at Colors 4 Health

    1. I do wish I could share my rain with all who need it. We are in our wet season here in Florida. Last week we had a late afternoon or evening shower 5 times. I often wake up to a wet lawn. Of course, when winter comes we go into the dry season. Some years really dry.

  4. The tree is beautiful! The Crepe Myrtles are one of my favorite things about visiting my mother in Daytona Beach. My father planted that tree and a Gardenia that just fill me with happy memories of him.

  5. I so wish we could grow crepe myrtles where I live – the flowers are so pretty. They aren’t hardy enough for my zone 5b New York State climate on the NY/PA border. But downstate, in the New York City/Long Island area, they grow – but are relatively small. Alana ramblinwitham

  6. Out here the Crepe Myrtles are found in nearly every yard and landscape in a variety of colors. I favor the red ones (even though we have a lavender one in our yard). Beautiful!

    1. I’ve only seen photos of red ones and no one in my area has one. I’d LOVE to have a red crepe myrtle.

  7. They’re so pretty and of course something I’d never seen until we started traveling. I remember stopping at a rest area somewhere in South Carolina I think and marveiing at how beautilflul the trees were. I got out my camera and a guy looked at me and asked what I was taking a picture of. He said “aw that’s just a crepe myrtle” … I just stared at him; couldn’t even give him an explanation, figured he was too stupid to understand. … And it wouldn’t even matter if I’d seen the tree a million times instead of that being the first time. I would (and do) still think it is beautiful. And it makes me grateful that we have been able to travel and to see what there is to see wherever we get to go!!

    1. The gentleman who asked why take a photo must not be a gardener. Crepe myrtles are a gift of summer blooms and I love them. Driving around my area during the summer is a pleasure with crepe myrtles planted by the county in the median between lanes of road. The small town where I live put rhododendron in the medians. It makes driving a true joy.

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