LAGERSTROEMIA crape/crepe myrtle
I wonder if any southern UK residents have advice on growing Lagerstroemia? I have two large lilac trees in my garden, and much as I love them, this year the flowering season was barely 2 weeks long. I've tried ceonothus, but it grows too well in my garden and just becomes a bully, and yet it doesn't thrive in pots when I try to grow it there. So, after talking to some american cousins, I've set my heart on getting me some crepe myrtle... and I'd like to grow it in a pot. I've sourced a reasonable priced specimen... but would rather not waste my hopes and money if it won't thrive in my almost-south-facing small garden. Has anyone grown it and have any tips for me?
Just done a quick google, turns out there are c.50 species, so one from the northern or southern limits of its range might by OK. Do you have a conservatory? if it's heated in winter, that might be OK.
One of the questions on google was "How do you get rid of crepe myrtle?" so it might be a case of "beware what you wish for"!
Being in Southampton you might get away with it but i doubt it would be at its best. The choice is yours of course, you might get away with it due to global warming.
Black Solitaire! Sounds divine!
Thank you everyone - I have ordered a small plant, and haven't spent a fortune (less than £20 including a large pot). I'm quite excited now. My garden is a haphazard mess of flowers and weeds that have the unfortunate luck of growing in my garden - due to illness, my gardening philosophy is very much "if it wants to grow it will"... for over 14 years, I had tried grow poppies here, and after giving up and thinking it was just not meant to be, I suddenly have a few sprouting up over odd areas. I don't really plan what to plant - and am always seed-swapping with friends and searching online for great deals, so it's a bit of a surprise in some cases to see what grows lol. I think that's why I'm excited about the crepe myrtle - something I have seen, discussed, thought about and now ordered. Also, quite rare for me to have what I feel is something quite un-traditional for my garden