Last year during my mother's and my annual spend-mom's-cash-to-spruce-up-my-foliage weekend, we planted a little known variety of Crape Myrtle. It doesn't bloom the first year you plant it, but it will bloom in late summer the following year.
I can't quite remember the species, but I am in love with it's blooms. I'm no KnitWitch, but I can grow a fabulous pair of booties. If I do say so myself.
We also got our hands one a dwarf variety which blooms in blue, a very rare feat as you gardening enthusiasts can attest.
I really prefer the blue variety myself. The blooms have a nice stripey affect that I am totally enamored with.
What about you? Don't you want one for your yard?