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Garden Living: Highlighting White Crepe Myrtles

Updated on May 6, 2016
White Crepes Bloom Snowflakes!
White Crepes Bloom Snowflakes! | Source

Crepe Myrtle Canopies and White Flower Power


White flower beauty is in season year round and white crepe myrtles are one of the best flowering plants you can own for summer joy.

Here in the sunny South their cooling effect on the mind and body is a seasonal blessing that we look forward to each summer by taking care of our crepes.

As far as I can tell, white flowers have the power to influence the garden for good and white crepes are living proof of that fact.

The aura of hope that their blooming petals present often reminds me of the line, “Behind every green leaf tip is the power of God” from Amy Carmichael's poetic pen.

One of the reasons I garden is because there are white flowers. It is “always” time to have white flowers blooming and I will always bow to their rule in my gardens!

Crepe Myrtles in Bloom:

White Flowers Rule and White Crepe Myrtles are Glorious


On a windy day when the white crepes are in bloom we have an amazing summer snowfall. Benches under a canopy created by three mature trees provide us with a cool place to enjoy an evening of dancing petals showering down over everything.

Just like one of our average southern snowfalls there are no real drifts, but a sweet, light dusting of white blooms. It's a wonderfully relaxing experience!

A glass (real glass--not plastic!) of real lemonade with fresh-frozen blueberries is the perfect ending to any summer day. Cool and refreshing for a southern evening, it's a delightful wind down to enjoy while sitting under our crepes frosted with white blooms.

There's nothing like enjoying that drink as we hail neighbors walking their dogs and watch our cat curled under the table flick her ears toward the slightest sounds. Listening to birds settling in for the evening and enjoying these trees' gifts can't be adequately described.


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White Crepe Myrtle Blooming SnowflakesSummer SnowfallSnow Petals FallingWhite PetuniasWhite Oak Leaf HydrangeaWhite Oriental LiliesWhite LiliesGardeniaWhite ClematisSt. John's WortTiny red roses in the rain... :)Double Ruffle Tiger LiliesBalloon FlowersCandy Stripe LiliesPink Hydrangea, Red DahliasBlue HydrangeaGerbera DaisiesPink PrimroseYellow Primrose (Mostly)White AzaleaCreeping PlhoxOops...our last real snowfall...more than a dusting!WisteriaSnowball BushIf anyone knows what this plant is, please, please leave a comment with the name!  :)  It has cone shape clusters of white flowers, is invasive, but I love them!ForsythiaCarolina Jasmine
White Crepe Myrtle Blooming Snowflakes
White Crepe Myrtle Blooming Snowflakes | Source
Summer Snowfall
Summer Snowfall | Source
Snow Petals Falling
Snow Petals Falling | Source
White Petunias
White Petunias | Source
White Oak Leaf Hydrangea
White Oak Leaf Hydrangea | Source
White Oriental Lilies
White Oriental Lilies | Source
White Lilies
White Lilies | Source
Gardenia
Gardenia | Source
White Clematis
White Clematis | Source
St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort | Source
Tiny red roses in the rain... :)
Tiny red roses in the rain... :) | Source
Double Ruffle Tiger Lilies
Double Ruffle Tiger Lilies | Source
Balloon Flowers
Balloon Flowers | Source
Candy Stripe Lilies
Candy Stripe Lilies | Source
Pink Hydrangea, Red Dahlias
Pink Hydrangea, Red Dahlias | Source
Blue Hydrangea
Blue Hydrangea | Source
Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera Daisies | Source
Pink Primrose
Pink Primrose | Source
Yellow Primrose (Mostly)
Yellow Primrose (Mostly) | Source
White Azalea
White Azalea | Source
Creeping Plhox
Creeping Plhox | Source
Oops...our last real snowfall...more than a dusting!
Oops...our last real snowfall...more than a dusting! | Source
Wisteria
Wisteria | Source
Snowball Bush
Snowball Bush | Source
If anyone knows what this plant is, please, please leave a comment with the name!  :)  It has cone shape clusters of white flowers, is invasive, but I love them!
If anyone knows what this plant is, please, please leave a comment with the name! :) It has cone shape clusters of white flowers, is invasive, but I love them! | Source
Forsythia
Forsythia | Source
Carolina Jasmine
Carolina Jasmine | Source

Make a Crepe Myrtle Canopy for Your Garden


If you want to have a crepe myrtle canopy, do not commit “crepe myrtle murder.” Not only is the natural beauty of the tree spoiled when the tops of crepes are chopped off each fall, but their life expectancy is diminished. No matter what any one says, resist! Do not do it!

Our crepes' shadowy canopy is a fabulous refuge from the heat and the blooms put on a sumptuous show that exceeds each year’s expectations. Besides all that, there's no easier way to grow shade flowers throughout a southern summer than under a crepe myrtle canopy.

Crepe myrtles grow quickly (if not murdered) and come in a variety of colors, but the cooling white variety is a sure winner no matter what color you decide to paint your house or what other colors you plant in your garden.

Although I highlight white flowers in my gardens, colorful ones do make their way into my landscape. Hope you enjoy the photo montage of some of my flowering plants.

Have you ever seen white crepe myrtles snow down their blooms in the summer?

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      wolfmom304:

      Thanks for letting me know how you found this hub! Am thinking of putting some in pots to showcase them with creeping Jenny trailing over the edges… I've had some beside day lilies for a few years now and they did not even mingle, which is surprising now that you've made me think of it. Appreciate your visit and comment very much.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      lisa:

      So appreciate your whoo hoo note! They are in bloom again right now, and this is the time I love them. :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Deny:

      Thanks for letting me know that this was useful to you!

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      wolfmom304 2 years ago

      Like many, I Googled white cone shaped flower and your pic came up. I'm SO thrilled to finally know what this is! I have a love / hate relationship with this Gooseneck. It's beautiful, but it has taken out all my lilies! It definitely requires maintenance.

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      Deny 2 years ago

      found it! I read more closely! thanks.

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      Deny 2 years ago

      what is that PLANT! I can't find it anywhere either!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      SPG2009:

      Thanks much for stopping in with your comments! :)

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      lisa 2 years ago

      Finally an answer as to these beautiful wildflowers that invaded my shade garden . I asked at local nursery today we couldnt find. The blooms look so much like bitterfly bush yet their stems and growth that of phlox .whoo hoo thanks for the post .!

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      SG2009 2 years ago

      Now I see the answer was here all along. I should have read more closely the first time. *facepalm*

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      SPG2009 2 years ago

      I have the mystery plant invading my garden, and after much searching, have decided it is the Gooseneck Loosestrife.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Katie:

      Thanks so much for letting me know that this hub was useful to you!

      Because I grew up in Florida I missed seeing a lot of the plants I now grow. It's amazing to see them go dormant in the fall/winter and then burst with life in the spring to give such good gifts on through summertime.

      So appreciate your visit and note!

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      Katie 3 years ago

      Thank you for find out what your mystery plant is. Because of you hard work, I was able to google and find you and your mystery plant and help my Step mother in South Carolina figure out this is the same thing she has. And Im all the way in Calfornia! I sure to miss all the pretty flowers like what you have. We don't have those kind of plants here! :(

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      sage:

      Thanks for checking out this hub.

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      sage 4 years ago

      lillys

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Suzie,

      Finally! In running errands today I decided to carry one of the plants everywhere until I found someone who could tell me its name. You can imagine the looks people gave me! After asking 8 people a lady at a plant nursery told me that it is lysimachia, commonly called gooseneck loosestrife. It is a wildflower. Ebay even has it for sale, but I hope they tell buyers that it will take over any bed it is planted in. It's not difficult to pull out, though. It's so pretty that my friend and I have decided that we are going to pull out all that we have in the ground (wish I could share some with readers!) and highlight them in a pot (with screen lining the bottom) among some other pots of invasive plants that we happen to love. It multiplies by runners. Seemingly the seeds are infertile.

      Thanks for asking about this plant and nudging me to get the answer at last. :)

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      Suzie 4 years ago

      I was just wondering if you have found out what your mystery flower is? I have them all over and I went to google images with a description of "invasive plant white cone flower" to try to identify them and I found your site. I am dying to figure this out :) They are indeed incredibly invasive, but I love them!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Fennelseed:

      Thanks kindly for your visit and your generous input!

      I hope you find a white crepe myrtle to go with your pinks very soon. It is such a pleasure to start our own plants and watch them grow from tiny sprigs into their full glory. I did not start these myself, but I have been able to grow many from them. If we were neighbors I would share one with you!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      I have pink crepe myrtle and would love a white one. I love to grow my plants from propagation so am on the lookout for a white one I can take some cuttings from. Your description of late afternoon under your crepe myrtle is very enticing, very civilised!!

      While some plants need pruning, such as roses, I agree, crepe myrtle is NOT one of them!!

      Very enjoyable writing RTalloni, I love your subject matter and your style. Thank you, votes and sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sgbrown:

      Thanks bunches! If you can incorporate some white crepe myrtles into your landscape your garden living during the spring and summer will be even more enjoyable. They will play very nicely with your pink! :)

      So appreciate your visit and input.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Good hub! Great pictures too. I love crepe myrtle, I only have one in my yard presently, but am planning on planting many more. Mine, now, is pink, maybe white will be my next choice! Now I can't wait for spring to hurry up and get here! Voted up and beautiful!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      DeBorrah K. Ogans:

      Spring is coming! :) Glad you enjoyed this--thanks for stopping in!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      R Talloni,Nice hub! I am looking forward to my Crepe Myrtles blooming once again! Thank you for the great tips! Peace & Blessings!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly.

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      saif113sb 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Danette Watt:

      Night bloomers tend to be very fragrant too. On that note, my friend and I have been walking at night by a large stand of white wave petunias. Their white beauty in the night and their fragrance make us stop in wonder every time we pass them. Would love to see your trellis planting once it has a chance to mature!

      Thanks kindly for stopping by with your input. So glad you have enjoyed the garden hubs!

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      I loved the video of the moonflower opening and the I idea of a flower blooming at night.

      I bought a package of seeds to plant in my garden but never got around to it. I was going to plant them on the other side of my freestanding trellis where I planted a clematis last month. That way, I'd have something during the day and then a bloom at night.

      Been enjoying your garden hubs, voted up and beautiful

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      The white crepes have leafed out and are making a huge canopy over my benches. The blooms are around the corner. Right now my white peonies are in full bloom. Last night the air was still and their beautiful fragrance was hanging heavy in the evening air. As well, the first blooms on my white clematis opened for Easter day--a lovely gift!

      Thanks kindly for stopping by and commenting. So glad you enjoyed the photos!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I loce the idea of a garden of all white flowers. Very different and beautiful.

      Thanks for sharing the photos too.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Good for you for having a windowsill garden then!!! So glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks much for stopping in and commenting.

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      heymcs 7 years ago from Utah and DC

      I live in the city with only a windowsill for gardening so I enjoy your garden vicariously. I know it's a lot of work but it looks so beautiful and peaceful. You are very talented!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. The hydrangea are blooming prolifically this year. I plan to give more thought to photographing the flowers in the future...I've seen some really lovely photos of other Hubbers gardens and they have inspired me!

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      Kay Creates 7 years ago from Ohio

      I really enjoyed seeing what's blooming in your garden.Especially striking are the blue hydrangea.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much! It's a fun time of year with so many things blooming. I've been able to view several other Hubber's flower pics since posting mine...very nice stuff! :)

      Today my crepes are really popping! I'll have some more "snow" soon.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Rtalloni, If all those gorgeous flowers are in your yard, then it must be gorgeous. I didn't see anything I didn't love. Wonderful hub.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping by! Ya...city lots present a problem with space. It can be frustrating if I don't get creative with the space I do have to work with! This actually needs to be a clean up and rearrange summer for me...we'll see... :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You certainly have a beautiful array of landscape plants and flowers. It is obvious that you love gardening as I do. Just wish we had more space in which to plant things! I liked it when we had a 1/2 acre once upon a time many years ago in Wisconsin. I could play around with gardening and landscaping to my heart's content. Had just gotten many beautiful perennials going when we were transferred back to Houston. City lots...not so much space...but I do my best! :-)

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks, that's a good reminder. Will try to post when I get the answer. These guys are everywhere...but they are delightful. Wish I could share a few dozen with you. Am going to have to pull some tonight!

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Have you thought of sending your photo and a specimen to your local agricultural extension service?

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Pink skirts...lovely! :)

      At first I thought, "Aha, lizard's tail," when I googled a photo, but not so. These leaves are not heart shaped and the flowers are more cone shaped, like an itsy-bitsy oak leaf hydrangea bloom.

      Maybe we'll get an answer yet. Thanks very much for stopping in and commenting.

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I love the snow petals. It's such a treat here in the spring to see a similar shower of pink ornamental plum and cherry blossoms fall onto green grass. I think of this fall as trees putting on their pink skirts...especially when there is no wind for a few days and the delicate petals fall straight down, describing the circumference of the canopy.

      I also am intrigued by your mystery white flower with pointed leaves. Could it be a cultivar of lizard-tail (Saururus cerruus)? The flowers look spot-on, but from your photo I can't tell if the arrow-shaped leaves have a dip in them where they meet the stem, like the top of a heart shape. If they do, then lizard-tail is a good possibility.

      Will be checking back to see is someone has a definitive answer for you.