Privet Hedges, great wildlife friendly Hedge

Privet Hedges, great wildlife friendly Hedge

Posted by Tammy Sons on Oct 15 , 2020

Privet Hedges

The Gracious Elegance of Privet Hedge Plants:Privet hedge plants have small, glossy green leaves that create a dense privacy hedge, incredible topiaries, and look great beneath windows and around pool and patio areas. It's important to know that private hedge plants are the largest selling hedge plants in the US, according to nursery workers and horticulturists.

These are fast-growing, long-lived, hardy hedge plants that grow up to 10 feet in height and form a dense wall of green hedges. They are found in any growing zone. In the coldest zones, choose the hardy strains from Eastern Siberia. It is also good to know these plants will grow in almost any soil or location. The best news is that these hedge plants require very little maintenance.

Privet Designs: Many property owners choose privet hedges to create unique designs for added property value and curb appeal. For example, plant two to three-foot, healthy plants about ten inches into the soil. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Don't overwater.

It is easy to know when these plants have too much water. Their leaves begin to yellow, dry rapidly, and fall off. The nice thing about private plants is that they can be trimmed to some pretty fascinating shapes and designs. Plant a row of these and allow the last two feet of plants to grow slightly above the edge of the "hedge" on either end. Then, trim these into flat pedestals and allow the upper growth to be trimmed into globes.

The "Famous" Privet Hedge DesignsOne of the most famous topiary privet hedges is found in the movie "Edward Scissorhands." Topiary artist Ted Bushe created these. These were designed in the shape of animals and birds.

Many British homes and manors also use private hedges in an array of topiary designs that accent reflective pools and around garden walkways. This shows how deeply embedded private plants have become in enhancing landscapes. Some gardeners prefer private hedges to be trimmed about two to three feet above the soil for a common type of border hedge. These plants also look great when shaped into curves, arcs, and fanciful arrangements near the fencing.

Natural Privet Hedge Walls

Privet plants make lovely privacy fences. To do this, allow these plants to grow high enough to provide optimal privacy. These plants also create a natural look when they can grow to maximum height along fence lines.

Hybrid and Variegated Privet Beauty

Certain strains of privet hedges will bear tiny red berries during the last phase of seasonal growth. These berries turn darker as temperatures drop. These are seeds that drop into softened soil and return as new private plants. Hybrid privet plants have grown to reach a specific height, such as Chinese Privets. Variegated private hedges have lovely green and white foliage. For a stunning landscape effect, plant variegated privet hedges between dark green plants or used variegated privet plants to accent the shape of the hedge.