I’ve written about my love of lilacs and my regrets that I don’t seem to be able to make them survive here. I’ve been looking around for an alternative and at last I think I’ve found it…the crepe myrtle. They grow in abundance here, but it was only on a recent visit to Charleston that I really came to appreciate how attractive they can be, given the right setting.
Like lilacs, they come in a variety of colours. Unlike lilacs, many have interesting bark.Some are evergreen. Others offer the possibility of autumn foliage.
Sadly, their fragrance, though sweet, is not as powerful as that of lilac. But I’ll take what I can get!