Thanks for your article. I'm going to use it to back up my argument (or whining till you get my way)
In our area it's weeds vs. us. I have a nice patch of myrtle that I would like to extend all the way across the front of our house. Very few weeds sprout through it so they're easier to control. Bonus is it stays green all winter and first thing in spring, the tulips and daffodils pop up. Yay!
Our soil is acid, shale, semi-clay. I had U of PA test it after we tried to grow corn and it grew two feet tall with ears filled with something from the Twilight Zone.
The soil has practically no nutrient values left.
It would take truck loads of good soil and many $$$ to enhance it and a laundry list of other ingredients that would have to come from the farm co-op, more $$$ :o(
The property was formally farmland. We suspect much of the topsoil was sold off years ago. But my argument is THE MYRTLE GROWS! LOL!
I can think of only one myrtle that I wouldn't plant outside. The green and white, large leafed type sold for hanging baskets and window boxes.I had some growing @ a previous home. Looks great, Keep it there. It's such a strong vine that once established can't be broken, is almost impossible to eradicate. Perhaps you could weave baskets from it or maybe use it for macrame.
Hubby is trying to establish pachysandra. Yuch, it gets all yellowish for the winter.
I say "stick it in the shade under the trees"! It grows beautifully there. Let my myrtle alone.