There are no Loropetalums in my front garden because all shades of pink get sent to the Upper Garden. We'll go up these rough stone steps and begin here.
When first I saw Loropetalums it was a long hedge between the parking lots of two strip malls in town. I thought it was lovely, that hedge. I knew I needed whatever that was. Miss Billie gave me seedlings from under her Loropetalums. 'The ones with green leaves are white," she said. Only one turned out white; the rest varying shades of pink, lovely every one. I spread them around like Marmalade. I think I may have rooted one or two extra.
This particular shrub is a lighter pink than its companion behind it. The difference is more noticeable from a distance, because the leaves are different shades as well. This one made a good place to set a 'Belinda's Dream' rose cutting because of the range of related colors. The darker Loropetalums go well with Knockout Roses. I first noticed that in town in front of a grocery store parking lot that is well-maintained with a huge bed of Knockouts and Loropetalums along the street. Naturally theirs are closely-clipped and not trees but the effect is great.
This is the view in the opposite direction, looking back toward the Upper Garden. In the Upper Garden I planted Loropetalum in groups of three.
Do you have Loropetalums? Are they tightly clipped or do they grow into trees?