- Dark, Dramatic Foliage All Season
- Masses of Vibrant, Purple Blooms from Late Spring through Fall
- Low Maintenance and Easy-Care
- Fantastic in Containers
- Works Even in Small Gardens, Balconies, Patios or Porches
- Use as a Colorful Annual in Zones 3 – 5
- Great for Tall or Low Flowering Hedges
- Line Your Driveway or Fence
- Keep to Any Size with Simple Pruning
- Highly Mildew Resistant
- Crape Myrtles are Drought Tolerant
Whether you want a showpiece designed to impress the neighbors, or a fun and funky natural space to unwind, you’ll never grow tired of Black Diamond® Purely Purple™ Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia BLACK DIAMOND ‘Purely Purple’). This gorgeous, hard-working shrubby variety is one of our top-selling purple flowering Crape Myrtle selections.
It’s truly easy care and so versatile in the landscape. You’ll fall in love with the dramatic foliage and masses of gorgeous, clear purple blooms. And the impressive performance of both the dark foliage and flower power will keep your love affair going year after year.
Purely Purple creates a beautiful shrub form. This is the perfect plant to create a tall hedge for brilliant privacy. Or, keep it held to any height with annual pruning. It will grow about 3 or 4 feet a year.
With dark-black foliage and amethyst blooms, Purely Purple delivers a stunning visual impact. Your neighbors will be falling all over themselves to ask you about your beautiful hedge.
The striking black foliage is a perfect foil to the purple blooms. This variety doesn’t look like any other shrub on the market today. Purely Purple also works in any size yard because you can keep it small or grow it out.
Even gardeners in Zones 3 – 5 need to take a close look at this unusual option for seasonal containers. Talk about a “Thriller”! In many cases, you can even overwinter them. Read on for professional care tips.
How to Use Purely Purple Crape Myrtle in the Landscape
This is a fabulous selection to line a pool deck or driveway. Let it grow to its full height to screen any undesirable views. Use several of them along any existing fence to easily extend the height for added privacy!
Purely Purple Crape Myrtle can be easily held as a smaller plant, if desired. For a mid-sized flowering hedge, trim it down to less than a foot from the ground each winter. It will bounce right back and create a three-foot hedge in no time.
You can also grow Purely Purple in a large, decorative, outdoor container. Try a pair of them flanking either side of a sunny door. Pop them here and there, wherever you need a boost of color in your landscape. They also make great “strategic” screening plants, or located as specimen plants just where you need them around your patio.
Ensure your container is at least 12” wide, and has plenty of drain holes. Use good quality potting soil when planting. Container grown shrubs will need regular water.
Gardeners in colder Zones 3 – 5 can certainly use Purely Purple as an incredible “Thriller” in seasonal container gardens. If you move the container into an unheated garage for the winter, you might be surprised to see this exotic plant regrow from the roots next year. Or, try it as an annual in flower beds, and replant it each year, if you prefer.
To create a solid flowering hedge, plant 3 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. For a repeating backdrop border, you can expand the planting width to 12 feet apart on center.
Tips for Care
When planting in the ground, look for a location that has full sun and well-drained soil. Water regularly the first season to get the roots established, then extend the period between watering during the second season to encourage deep root development.
Purely Purple Crape Myrtle responds well to mulching. Cover the ground to 3 to 4 inches deep to 3 feet outside the canopy to help conserve water and keep roots cool in the hot summer.
All Crape Myrtles flowers on new wood. This is great, as it means that even heavy pruning in late winter or early spring will not affect this seasons flowers.
Prune to shape at that time, or just to remove twiggy growth to allow good air circulation into the canopy. Deadhead any spent flower clusters as they fade to encourage more blooms during the active growing season.
In Zone 6, this versatile plant will behave as a perennial in the ground and regrow from the roots in the spring. Place a layer of straw around the crown of the plant in the winter to ensure it returns, even in the coldest years. In spring, simply trim off any old winter damaged wood and prepare for new growth.
Black Diamond Crape Myrtles are easy care, disease resistant and drought tolerant once they are established. You will love the amazing contrast this shrub brings to your landscape.