Crape Myrtle ‘Pocomoke’ at Behnke’s
For many years I have admired this beautiful Crape Myrtle at the nursery called ‘Pocomoke.’ (Speaking of Pocomoke, did you know we have a Pocomoke, I mean Pokemon, Gym right near this Crape Myrtle?) Anyway, John Reed (look for the man in the ten gallon hat in our Woody Plants Department) told me a few years ago that it was a very slow grower and had been located by the gazebo for quite awhile, perhaps as long as twenty years. When my husband and I decided to make a garden along the fence at our home, this was one of the first plants I bought. The first Spring I had to stop my husband from pulling it out when he thought it was dead. It was just a late bloomer, I said. The second Spring, we had the same talk and once again I was correct. Each year it got a little larger and once August arrived, I would be proven right, again! This year however, even I had my doubts, so many dead-looking branches that I was concerned. I would go to Behnke’s and walk by the one there and make sure it looked the same, but I still worried since we live an hour northwest of Beltsville. Slowly, I started seeing signs of life with little green leaves appearing all over, and then flower buds.. .finally, this week she is in her glory.
I snapped a few photos but I have to say they do not do it justice. The color and shape are just what I was looking for when we planned this garden. I have a few mistakes that I am just going to have to live with, but my Pocomoke has become my pride and joy!
Crape Myrtle ‘Pocomoke’ at my house
I have been a long time admirer of Crape Myrtles and while I love this one, with our whole back yard to plant (we took out our production greenhouses a little while ago), I need to decide if I want some Crape Myrtles that are trees or keep with bush varieties. I keep seeing this absolutely gorgeous bush type with deep bronze/red foliage and purple blooms. The variety is called ‘Black Diamond Purely Purple.’ I’m thinking I might just start with that one. I just need to convince my husband that we really need some more landscaping in our backyard.
by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President