Privet Hedges - Perfect For Property Privacy, Property Lines and Accent Shrubs
If you're looking for a shrub that stands tall and elegantly and offers the ultimate privacy, noise barrier and even windscreen, then the privet hedge is a superb selection for landscaping. Some have fondly called this glossy green shrub a living fence. In the tony Hamptons, privet hedges are planted surrounding summer mansions to keep noisy onlookers from viewing their properties.
The amur privet or Ligustrum ovalifolium and L. amurense, its popular botanical names, is a fast grower that does well in moderate climates. Those folks who aren't lazy will need to invest in some sharp shears to trim the tall hedges down when needed.
Privet hedges come in several plant varieties and depending on the zone in which you reside in; bushes can be evergreen, semi-evergreen, or deciduous. These are very adaptable shrubs that prefer full sun or partial shade. Privet hedges can also handle drought situations but thrive best when irrigated during prolonged dry spells. These hedges are so resilient; severe pruning would not destroy them.
Depending on how high you wish to have these shrubs define your landscape, there is a privet hedge that can meet your needs. For example, the Japanese privet can grow up to 10 feet tall and about 6 feet wide. The California privet is a 16-footer that creates a great hedge when closely planted. The Golden privet is a bit shorter at six feet with striking golden yellow leaves, and the Glossy privet seems to know no limits, soaring to 45 feet tall or more.
The privet enhances a landscape in a classic manner, adding strong lines to property or as beautiful accent piece when shaped like topiary. Privets can also be designed as a multi-tiered hedge by planting two rows in a double-wide trench. A garden gate can even be fashioned, by training plants to meet over the front walk.
Types Of Privet Plants