When I thought about adding another flowering tree to my garden, the Crepe Myrtle tree was the first plant I thought about. I need to think twice about trees with all the space they tend to take up. I decided on this one because our city’s road dividers have them blooming beautifully every summer. Every year, after the blooming period is over, all the trees are heavily pruned to nearly ground level. For the major part of the cooler season they look like stumps that had been unceremoniously forgotten.
But when the first rains come, new leaves emerge and by the end of May, the dividers wear a festive look again. It’s always such a joy to see these trees blooming in pinks, mauves, and white. The red ones are not common here. Seeing that the trees are only about 5-6 feet tall, I thought I’d grow mine in a pot. I had got the cutting from my mother’s garden about three years ago. It didn’t do so well on the ground as we are prone to water logging and the Crepe Myrtle needs a well-drained soil. Till the buds came, the pot remained upstairs where I have a bit of open space. But once it started to bloom, I brought it near the front door where it gets full sun in the afternoons. It looks happy in the pot and I hope with the feeding and the pruning, it will continue to add colour to my front yard year after year, during the months of May and June.