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JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 28, 2005
9:19 PM

Post #1504231

I am putting this crepe myrtle in this barrel permanently. It will get full sun. It is very hot in this spot. It's on the west side. The crepe myrtle is supposed to get to be about 3 feet high.

I want to put a low growing perenniel plant that will flow down the sides. Nothing that will take fertilizer. The crepe myrtle won't like that. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
Julie
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2005
2:03 AM

Post #1504780

Verbena would be pretty. How about a mixture of perennials. The varigated trailing vinca is pretty.
Terrie
JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2005
5:58 AM

Post #1505239

Verbena... that's a really good idea. Verbena is low growing and will spill out the sides. What other perennials do you think would look good with this?
jester
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2005
1:34 PM

Post #1505545

is it a dwarf crepe myrtle? I never heard of one staying that short. I have a nice old crepe myrtle that is abour 35 feet tall. Love it.
JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2005
5:40 PM

Post #1505915

Yes, it is a dwarf. The tag said that the height should be 3 feet.
okus

(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2005
5:43 PM

Post #1505922

So did mine but its 5ft already!!
bettydee
La Grange, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2005
7:04 PM

Post #1506027

A potted plant will run out of nutrients and has no way of getting them unless you provide them in the way of fertilizer. Is there a reason why you don't plan on fertilizing? The accepted advice is not to overfertilize as it will sacrifice flowers in favor of leaves, but they do need fertilizer.
JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2005
8:41 PM

Post #1506177

I had always heard that you don't fertilize crepe myrtles. Is that not true?
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2005
11:21 PM

Post #1506454

htop said she's had a miniature (not dwarf) crepe myrtle for three years, and it's only about 5 inches tall. Here's the link she posted, perhaps they have some info for you about care and feeding of small crepes in containers:

http://www.crapemyrtles.com/crapemyrtle_variety.htm
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2005
11:51 PM

Post #1506499

maggie - wonderful site, you cannot keep doing this now I have even more on my want list... oh well never will get them all . . . Mitch
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 30, 2005
12:10 AM

Post #1506530

:-)
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 30, 2005
12:30 AM

Post #1506576

wow that is a wonderful website. love those hanging baskets and the groundcover ones.
JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 30, 2005
3:24 AM

Post #1506903

That is a great website. I hope that my crape myrtle (spelling it correctly now) looks like the one on the website. It is also in a whiskey barrel.
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 30, 2005
3:32 AM

Post #1506926

Crape, crepe, I never seem to get it right. The first spelling aways seems a little rude at first. The second one reminds me of the International Crepes at IHOP. Yummy!

I'm very tired, rambling now, must. get. to. bed.
bettydee
La Grange, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 30, 2005
6:57 AM

Post #1507250

I found a website that straightened the crape, crepe name for me. The trees as a group are called crape. The Natchez group of crapes are called crepe. I hadn't paid much attention to the spelling before.

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/shrubsbushes/p/crape_myrtles.htm
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 31, 2005
12:59 AM

Post #1509118

you say tomato, I say tomato,
yoou say crepe, I say crape,
let's call the whole thing off ... la la la la la
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 31, 2005
2:33 AM

Post #1509369

hee hee!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2005
10:51 PM

Post #1555367

HAAA! Maggiemoo I just looked at the watchdog one last time before I ordered a few minis for my MIL look it over can you believe this - I wish it was so much better

http://davesgarden.com/gwd/c/1530/
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2005
11:20 PM

Post #1555422

Hmm, glad I haven't ordered from them. Htop must have had a better experience with them. This is a good reminder to us all to use the Garden Watchdog!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2005
11:39 PM

Post #1555452

maybe htop will stop by and tell us a little more about her time with them - she might know how to order and not get burned - Mitch
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2005
2:55 AM

Post #1555786

I'll try to remember to ask her tomorrow in San Antonio.
htop
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)


June 18, 2005
4:07 AM

Post #1556330

I did not order my mini crepe myrtle from this place. I am sorry that I posted a link to the website. I can't remember for sure where I bought it, but I think I got it from Rainbow Gardens Nursery here in San Antonio.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2005
6:43 PM

Post #1557344

that is great news seeing that I will be going down there in July... maybe they will still have some...
htop
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)


June 19, 2005
2:41 AM

Post #1558274

Mitch, they had some today at the Rainbow Nursery on Bandera Road. I'll check to see if they have any at the one that is closer to I35.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 19, 2005
3:57 AM

Post #1558924

If not Bandera Road here I come! Thanks for looking Htop - Mitch
htop
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)


June 19, 2005
4:54 AM

Post #1559026

You are quite welcome.
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2005
4:36 PM

Post #1559781

Hazel, I saw that someone bought one of these at Rainbow yesterday (Kip maybe?) I was just about to post that here, boy, you're fast! :-)
htop
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)


June 19, 2005
10:22 PM

Post #1560454

Maggie, I think Susie bought one just like the one I have. I wasn't sure because it (and mine) are not in bloom yet. I was up bright and early today and just had to peruse what was happening at DG before I started my yardwork.

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