Today, one of the most popular hedgerow plants holds broad appeal for people in temperate zones around the world. The lovely privet hedges occur in both seasonally leaf-losing and permanently evergreen varieties.
Versatility Around the Yard
The privet shrubs provide a beautiful addition to offset expansive lawns and grassy backyards. Stately, regal border zones created by privet plantings vary in color depending upon the season of the year and the temperature. Ranging in the shade from seasonal rich golden tones to dark green hues, privets provide an easily-shaped, fast-growing hedge. People love the elegant foliage accents created by these hardy, bush-like shrubs.
Property owners trim privets at regular intervals to keep them growing uniformly together in a hedge. Maintain your privet border at two or three feet in height to enjoy a pretty edging with excellent visibility, or opt for greater privacy and allow the stems and branches to soar above five feet. Gardeners in the USA from California to Maine appreciate these easily trained, healthy plants!
Add a Lovely Design Element
Instead of erecting a fence as a border, a gardener may prefer to install an attractive privet hedge around the property. A member of the genus Ligustrum, the privet occurs in several varieties, including the popular northern privet that originated in northern China.
Members of this family will reach between twelve feet and fifteen feet in height if desired. The roots display a remarkable willingness to thrive in many different types of non-wet soils, including dry terrains. Between May and June, the amur privet boasts clusters of pretty white flowers. In the autumn, it produces tiny black fruits. Its seasonally changes make this plant an interesting garden plant.
Urban or Rural
Today, the privet grows in either rural or urban environment. For instance, as a Chinese plant native to the region, it flourishes in many northern Chinese cities. The privet adapts equally well thousands of miles across the ocean to warm southern California and cold, rainy, Oregon. Small wonder that this species gained popularity as a hedge plant in so many temperate zone nations!
Anyone seeking a stylish, reliable border plant in a suitable climatic zone should give serious consideration to the California or Regal privet. As autumn advances, its lovely golden hues offer a beautiful, regal border along a garden path or beside a drive. You'll enjoy watching your hedge's subtle color changes during the year.