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Plant a Polygala

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Published on April 25th 2019
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A close up of a flower
If you are looking for an indigenous, low maintenance, evergreen shrub to plant in a sunny spot in your garden - look no further than Septemberbos - Polygala myrtifolia.
Polygala myrtifolia is the most well-known polygala and grows beautifully in both summer and winter rainfall regions. This popular garden shrub is suitable for fynbos gardens, coastal gardens, low maintenance gardens, and is also a firm favourite in water-wise gardens. It makes for an excellent hedge, screen or windbreak due to its fast growth rate. It can also be easily trained into a small tree if you have a smaller garden.
Flowers range in shades of mauve and purple, but can also come in scarlet pink or white. Polygala myrtifolia blooms intermittently throughout the year and peaks with a spectacular display of colour during spring. The colourful flowers attract many insects to the garden, especially bees, carpenter bees and butterflies, while seed-eating birds relish the winged capsules.
Cultivation
Polygala myrtifolia prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soils. Water young plants regularly until established and mulch the roots to retain moisture during hot spells. Polygalas love full sun but will also grow well in semi-shade, perfect for that difficult spot in the garden that alternates between full sun and semi-shade with the changing seasons. Polygalas grow easily from seed and tip cuttings taken in spring and autumn. Feed occasionally with 3:1:5 to maintain good plant health and encourage more flowers.
Some pink flowers on a Polygala myrtifolia plant

September Bush

Polygala myrtifolia

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