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This year, while walking around Hershey Gardens in Pennsylvania, I stumbled upon a plant that looked familiar. A closer look assured me that this was the same plant I had growing at home, and the tag informed me that it was Lagerstroemia indica, hardiness zones 7 to 9.
I had a good old basic white crape myrtle. I knew I had pink crape myrtle in various parts of the garden. I had seen mile upon mile of blooming crape in the Carolinas the previous summer. I knew this plant! I just didn't know it in white.
White crape myrtle can be used in all the same ways as the classic pink but has more flexibility, thanks to its unobtrusive color. The white variety shines while still blending in with a calm, neutral home facade.
Lining a long walkway is another typical use for crape myrtles — it never gets old. Choosing a white variety keeps the look simple and clean when the path goes into bloom.
I love using a color over and over again in different seasons. It gives your home a consistent color and overall landscaping theme, even as the actual plants in bloom change and rotate. White in particular can be used as a foil with almost any other set of colors and will blend seamlessly into any landscape. This garden highlights how white can tie a garden together, with the white of the crape myrtle repeated in other plants.