Lagerstroemia, Peppermint Pink Crepe Myrtle
Peppermint pink crepe myrtles are known for their clusters of deep pink, crinkled flowers with white edges. The name is derived from the wrinkled, crepe-paper consistency of the flowers. Blooming in early summer, this crepe myrtle will continue to flourish through the fall as long as temperatures remain warm.
Popular in Southern landscaping in the US, the peppermint pink crepe myrtle grows best in warm climates. However, some exceptions have been known to grow as far north as Maryland. It can learn to adapt but is often a hard one to do so. It has been known to adjust to specific locations but prefers to grow in areas where it can stay warm longer during the fall months than getting cold quickly.
Suitable for planting as hedges, boundaries, or as a garden border, peppermint pink crepe myrtles are perfect for use beside driveways, sidewalks, or below decks and balconies where the colorful, eye-catching flowers can be enjoyed. This shrub is excellent for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. The bright blooms will catch and bring in small wildlife because it is eye appealing.
Considered a large shrub or small tree, the peppermint pink crepe myrtle may be beautifully landscaped with underplantings of blue rosemary or blue mist Bluebeard plants. Both of these little perennials will go well and help contrast and compliment the crepe myrtle quite nicely. The pinks, burgundy, and white with a touch of nearby blue work well together.