Lagerstroemia Indiya Charms Braise d’eté - Indiya Charms Series Lagerstroemia Indiya Charms Braise d’eté (Summer Embers) is an early flowering pinky-red deciduous crape myrtle from the new Indiya Charms collection. Crape myrtle gets its common name from its crinkled petals that resemble crape paper. They’ve been underused in British gardens for years, but deserve a place here for their beautiful colours and year-round interest.
The new Indiya Charms collection of five hardy crape myrtles is especially suitable for the UK as they’ve been bred to suit the Northern European climate. Braise d’ete’s pretty pink, almost red, flowers start appearing in June before traditional crape myrtles bloom. The bright flowers hang in medium to large panicles packed with individual flower heads that attract bees and butterflies.
Lagerstroemia Indian Charms Summer Embers is a bushy, deciduous upright shrub with long dark green leaves that begin life as young red shoots. The green mature foliage turns orange before falling with the autumn frosts to reveal textured orangey-grey bark. Lagerstroemia Braise d’eté is an excellent choice for structure, colour and form throughout the year.
Height And Width of Lagerstroemia Indiya Charms Braise d’Eté Lagerstroemia Braise d’ete is a compact middle-sized shrub that will reach between 2-4 metres in height and spread to 2.5 metres over 10-20 years. It can be trained as a multi-stem, a feathery shrub, or a tree and kept compact with an annual prune.
How Hardy Is Lagerstroemia Indiya Charms Braise d’eté Crape myrtles need the sun to flower well but they are hardy, especially the Indiya Charms series. Braise d’ete will resist frost down to -15 once established. Young plants under 3-4 years old should be given some frost protection if harsh conditions are forecast.
How To Use Lagerstroemia Indiya Charms Braise d’été Lagerstroemia Indiya Charms Braise d’été is a great choice for a garden that needs bright summer colour. It’s pinky-red blooms grab your attention in the warm months and its autumnal colours followed by colourful winter stems boost a drab end of season garden. Lagerstroemia Indian Charms Summer Embers attracts plenty of pollinators so it’s a good choice for wildlife-friendly gardens too. Plant yours at the back of a mixed border for height and colour, or as a striking specimen tree in the lawn. Lagerstroemia Braise d’été is show-stopping in a sunny front garden and will grow in a large, well-watered container on a sunny deck.
How To Care For Lagerstroemia Indiya Charms Braise d’été Indiya Charms Braise d’ete flowers best in full sun preferably against a warm wall or fence and enjoys fertile well-drained soil of any pH. There’s no need to prune a crape myrtle but you can train yours into a single-stemmed tree or bushy shrub in late winter or early spring. Cut out broken or crossed branches and reduce stems by 1/3rd to manage its size if necessary. Mulch well in spring, water well and protect from frost until established.