myrtus communis compacta hedge (Dwarf Myrtle)

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I planted 30 Myrtus Communis Compacta (Dwarf Myrtle) shrubs in my backyard about 8 weeks ago and they are growing very nicely. Some of them are budding and some of them are not budding. They are all spaced exactly 30" apart in a perfect straight line. My goal is to grow them together to create a hedge. I am unsure of how to prune them and I'm unsure of when to prune them. Can anyone with experience advise how to go about doing this?
 
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Greetings, welcome to the Forums.

Myrtle (Myrtus communis) will branch abundantly from latent buds and is therefore a very good choice for hedges, topiary, and the like.
Let your myrtle shrubs grow together by only pruning off branches that are growing away from the hedge, being either taller or wider than you like. Eventually after the shrubs have grown together into hedge you can consider shearing them.
However, there are various styles and degrees of hedge. A looser, informal hedge is a less laborious and more attractive option than a tight geometric hedge. This style also allows more light and air into the shrub and lessen the likelihood of dead patches later on.
 

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