Myrtle has been cultivated since the heyday of the Roman civilization. Among the many versatile methods of sweet myrtle care, topiarieswere commonly fashioned from the plant and it was a culinary and medicinal herb. Today, we can benefit from its sweet smelling flowers, finely textured evergreen foliage and its unlimited variety of form. No matter how you use myrtle in the landscape, it has a winning look and carefree maintenance that is suitable for most regions.
The plant prefers full to partial sun but tolerates almost any soil provided it drains well. Regular watering is also a requirement for this plant, although once established it can survive short periods of drought. Fertilize sweet myrtle in early spring once annually for best results. During summer, water the plant deeply once per week.
The fun part is in the growth form, which can be managed to create many different shapes. As mentioned, the plant can be trained to a topiary, sheared for a hedge and many other uses. Sweet myrtle is not tolerant of high humidity and is a slow growing plant. It performs well in containers and raised beds.