dripping crepe myrtles
I have a small "courtyard" in the back of my house, where the house makes an "L". Someday I am going to brick it in and make a patio. There is a corner where I would like to plant a tree of some kind to someday make some shade for the patio. I've gone to the ends of the earth and back researching, but have yet to make up my mind. I want it to have a spreading habit, be relatively fast-growing, and it must be tall enough at maturity that I can limb it up about 6-8 ft. so that it won't block the view of the pond in the pasture beyond from inside the house. I wanted it to be, if possible, both flowering and have good fall foliage.
Anyway, I have a nice 'Natchez' crepe myrtle in a large pot that I got on clearance last year ($4, and in a 3 gallon pot! woo hoo!), and I was going to put it there, as I believe it will meet the criteria stated (I also want to have a "white" garden in my courtyard). But while I was out under some other crepe myrtles in my yard this summer, I would feel drops falling on me. Then suddenly one day I remembered that I had read that it was "honeydew" from aphids. So I gave up the idea of putting the 'Natchez' by the courtyard. But then I saw a magazine article about a woman who had a beautiful 'Natchez' in the middle of her deck, and I've started to wonder if the dripping honeydew would actually be that much of a problem, you know, for sitting under or getting on lawn furniture.
Have any of you had any experiences with this?
(I'm sorry this is so "wordy", but I just don't get to talk much about gardening, as I don't know anyone else who is as serious about it as I am!) :-)