Crape Myrtles sometimes spelled Crepe Myrtles are shrubs or small trees that are widely grown in warmer regions for their large, dramatic and colorful flowers which are produced all summer. Their bright colors are bold in the brightest sunlight and these rapid-growing plants will quickly bring your garden alive. They are easy to grow and some can grow up to 5 feet a year, so unlike some other plants that need patience to be seen at their best, Crape Myrtle trees will rapidly grow into substantial plants that will give your new garden a feel of maturity. They grow best in warmer regions and have been grown in the South for centuries, where they are associated with long, hot days, mint juleps on the porch and the brightness of a southern summer. Many of the newer forms, however, are frost-hardy; so for the first time that southern color can be seen in northern gardens.
Holly trees Ilex spp. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through These evergreen trees make beautiful ornamental specimens in a yard or as a screen between two properties. As you choose the appropriate plants to go with your holly tree, look for those shrubs and flowers that will thrive in the same soil conditions and succeed even when grown in the shade of a holly tree.