Crape Myrtle trees are beautiful, and extremely popular for landscaping in Vancouver. They flower gorgeously in the summer, and they’re very hardy, and don’t require much maintenance.

Beyond a seasonal pruning to ensure proper growth, crape myrtle trees require hardly any upkeep at all! So if you’re thinking of incorporating crape myrtle into your landscaping, you’re making a great choice!

However, it can be hard to know what you should plant under your crape myrtle trees. Well, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of some of the best plants that work beautifully with crape myrtle trees. Read on to learn more!

  1. Ground Covers

Ground covers are a great addition to your crape myrtle trees. Ground covers include plants that tend to grow to only about 3-4 inches in height, and literally “cover” the ground with dense leaves and foliage.

crepe myrtle pairingsHere are our top picks for ground covers:

 

  • Thyme – Thyme is evergreen and aromatic, and its delicate leaves provide a striking contrast to the blooms of crape myrtle.
  • Sedum – Sedum blooms with a vivid pink color, complementing the delicate colors of your crape myrtle beautifully.
  • Sweet woodruff – Sweet woodruff usually grows up to 12-24 inches in length, but lies flat on the ground. With delicate green leaves and white blooms, it’s a great accent to crape myrtle.
  • Ajuga – Also known as Bugleweed, this plant is in the mint family, and features gorgeous purple blooms.
  • Lamb’s ear – Named for the thick “hairs” on its leaves, lamb’s ear features broad green leaves, and spiky, totally unique blooms.

Ground covers do not have deep roots, and they don’t need much water or attention, making them ideal for planting underneath crape myrtle.

  1. Perennials

Perennials are a great choice to accent your crape myrtle. They have a long, extensive life cycle, so they’ll be around for quite a while. Even though they will be quite a bit taller than ground covers, there are some varietals that are perfect for crape myrtle.

 

  • Irises – With delicate and bright leaves, irises pair well with crape myrtle, particularly because they tend to bloom throughout the late spring and early summer.
  • Daylilies – Daylilies have exceptionally gorgeous flowers. Most bloom in the spring, and they’re very hardy against cold and drought, making them perfect for Vancouver gardens.
  • Coneflowers (Echinacea) – Coneflowers bloom for a long time, are drought-tolerant, and grow well alongside crape myrtle.
  • Russian sage – Russian sage flowers in late summer to early fall, so it will bloom when your crape myrtle stops blooming – providing a unique contrast!

 

Perennials will bloom for years to come after planting, and you can select a combination of perennials to ensure you always have flowers underneath your crape myrtle – no matter the season!

  1. Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are a beautiful accent to any crape myrtle tree. You can plant them when they’re dormant in the mid-late fall, and plant them below your crape myrtle. Because they flower early in the spring, they will bloom when your crape myrtle doesn’t – creating a beautiful contrast between the foliage of the tree and the flowers of the spring bulbs.

 

  • Daffodils – The gorgeous white flowers of daffodils contrast perfectly with the deep green foliage of crape myrtle.
  • Tulips – Easy to plant, and available in dozens of colors and types, tulips are a fantastic accent to your crape myrtle.
  • Crocuses – Crocuses are available that flower in the spring, summer, or fall – so you can plant multiple varieties, and have fresh blooms throughout the entire growing season!

 

Though they must be replanted every year, spring bulbs are a gorgeous, foolproof method of accenting your crape myrtle with delightful, blooming flowers.

  1. Smaller Shrubs

If you want a longer-lasting planting solution, many small shrubs work well with crape myrtle, as long as their growth is contained and smaller varietals are selected.

 

  • Rose of Sharon – Rose of Sharon flowers in late summer and early fall, providing a great contrast with the summer bloom of crape myrtle.
  • Butterfly bush – Butterfly bush has many garden cultivars which reach a maximum of 3 feet in height, making them a perfect pair with crape myrtle.
  • Witch hazel – Most witch-hazel varietals are flowering, deciduous shrubs which grow well alongside other plants like crape myrtle. You can buy witch hazel that flower either in the autumn or early spring.

 

These shrubs require little attention and infrequent pruning, and tend to grow small – so you don’t have to worry about them eclipsing your crape myrtle tree.

Complete Your Landscape With These Fantastic Crape Myrtle Pairings!

If you’ve just planted a crape myrtle – but aren’t sure what to plant alongside it – this article is sure to help. Whether you’re landscaping in Vancouver, or anywhere else in the country, you’ll be sure to find the right plants to go with your new crape myrtle.