Polygala Sweet pea bush - Knowledgebase Question

Chula Vista, Ca
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Question by Doradoway
October 17, 2009
Just bought 3 polygalas-but no instructions on container. How big do they get, how to plant, etc. Putting them around a bird bath, very small area, am sun only. Only want drought tolerant,no care plants! It says on container they are perrenials-bad choice? HELP. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
October 17, 2009
Polygala myrtifolia is an attractive evergreen shrub able to adapt to most garden soils and situations. It is a tough shrub, low maintenance and great for water-wise gardens. It will grow in full sun or part shade and can grow to 6' tall and wide if left unpruned. It may get a little too large if planted beneath a birdbath. Generally these plants are used as a background or screening plant. You can prune at will - pruning just makes it flower that much more! You might try planting one near your birdbath to see how it performs. You may have purchased a dwarf variety in which case it might look terrific and not get out of hand. I'd plant the others in a garden space with lots of elbow room, just in case. Good luck with your new plants!

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