EDITORíS NOTE: The following is part of an ongoing series on the planting and care of gardens and lawns, provided by the Waxahachie Crape Myrtle Council.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Not all crape myrtles grow to be small trees or large shrubs.†

Dwarf plants can be used as ground cover or container plants, providing summer flowering interest.†

Miniatures and some dwarf crape myrtles can be used in borders, perennial flower beds and hanging baskets.

For best results, be sure to choose a cultivar whose growth characteristics fit your needs.†

Be sure you know the full grown size of the plant before you replace it.

Waxahachie is the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas, and although the Crape Myrtle Council will no longer be selling these beautiful trees, we hope the residents of Waxahachie will plant more and more. They are available at excellent prices at your local nurseries.