Crape Myrtles - Good/Bad
The Good: Very hardy, one of the few things that survived this last "killing summer".
Come in different sizes from dwarf to privacy hedge size.
Beautiful colors and long blooming.
Very, very long-lived. Have seen some 20 footers over at Sacred Heart Mission ruins in Konawa that are ancient.
Drought tolerant. See them planted in the medians on the interstates.
The Bad: If large, can take up a lot of space in cramped conditions.
Extremely difficult to remove permanently.
Like Bradford Pears, Rose of Sharon and (scale-prone) Euonymos, overused in landscaping.
All in all, if you plant the right size for your area, a very nice plant that is blooming in the heat, when other things are suffering. Obviously, I like it.