Answer: Dwarf myrtle is a compact, tightly branched evergreen shrub, slow-growing to 2'-3' tall with equal width. They won't grow tall enough to cover your fence, so may not be the right choice for your landscape. Since you're going to replace your photinias, why not amend the soil with some organic matter prior to planting anything new? You can incorporate compost, leaf mold, or even peat moss to make a more hospitable bed for your screening shrubs. Some excellent choices for your area include Abelia, clumping bamboo, Callistemon (bottlebrush), Dodonaea viscosa (hop bush), Escallonia, Privet, Thuja (arborvitae) or Viburnum.
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