Complexa and varians are offered and are suitable for growing on walls, but they are of little importance. Sandy loam.
The species cerifera is the Candleberry Myrtle, so called because candles were once made from the berries; and Gale is the Sweet Gale or Bog Myrtle, which is pleasantly scented and does well at the waterside. Cerifera grows up to twenty feet high, Gale about four feet; it is a twiggy, deciduous shrub with brownish inconspicuous flowers. Moist peat.
Myrtle. See Chapter 18. There are several species, but the Myrtles grown in gardens are nearly all varieties of communis, which has white flowers in July; and there are many of them, including narrow-leaved (angustifolia), slender-leaved (tenuifolia), orange-leaved, Thyme-leaved, Rosemary-leaved and variegated. The Myrtles are generally grown for their fragrant evergreen foliage. They are best grown against walls and protected in winter. Loam and leaf mould.