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Small Evergreen Hedges Make Excellent Privacy Fences and Border Plants

Evergreen shrubs can be used to beautify your landscape and create natural privacy screens to turn any area into a retreat. As living fences, evergreen hedges can block your view of the neighboring property or establish the boundaries of a lovely garden while providing you with pleasing color, soft texture, and a beautiful backdrop for flowers, trees, and other plants. Privet hedges are synonymous with privacy. The term "privet hedge" is often used to refer to any of the evergreen hedges used as living fences or privacy screens. But privet hedges are created by fast-growing evergreen shrubs of the Ligustrum genus.

California privet, or Ligustrum ovalifolium, can be trimmed into virtually any shape. When planted close together, a beautiful evergreen wall will form in just a couple of years. Its attractive dark green leaves with an oval shape, and small honey-scented, white flowers are pleasing to the eye. Small black berries that attract birds to follow them. With a mature height of 10-15 feet, the California privet enjoys full sun to partial shade.

Another fast growing hedge is the northern privet, Ligustrum ibolium, which may grow as much as three feet per year, with a mature height of up to 12 feet. Its glossy green foliage adds interest along with white flowers that are followed by black berries that attract wildlife. The northern privet can tolerate a variety of soil conditions and grows in sun or partial shade. It will keep its natural shape with just a little trimming each year.

The regal privet, or Ligustrum obtusifolium regelianum, is another flowering shrub which forms the perfect hedge when pruned. Ranging in height from 12-18 feet, it prefers moist soil and sun to partial shade. Dense and hardy, regal privet is an excellent choice for instant curb appeal.

Evergreen Shrubs are the Foundation of a Beautiful Garden

A garden for all seasons requires evergreen shrubs. Evergreens stay green consistently through the winter and fall, improving your garden's appearance in the dead of winter. They have a range of hardy zones and various soil type. Evergreen shrubs are perfect for borders and hedges. Some have a mature height and width of 15 feet high and 15 feet wide, and the smaller varieties have a mature height and width of 2-3 feet wide and 2-3 feet tall. The size range provides flexibility when planning your garden. Boxwood, Hemlock, Azalea Formosa, Camellia, Juniper, and Arborvitae are some of the evergreen shrubs available. 
The majority of evergreen shrubs grow in acidic, sandy, loamy, moist, and well-drained soil. This wide range of soil type makes choosing the right evergreen shrub for your garden area easy. Most varieties will grow in all most any kind of soil. An exception is the Formosa Azalea; it prefers acidic, well-drained, moist soil. The Formosa Azalea produces beautiful magenta flowers. The bloom season is spring, and the bloom size is 3-inch flowers. Another flowering evergreen is Camellia; it grows in acidic, sandy, loamy, moist, and well-drained soil. Camellia is available in different varieties and can have a spring, summer or fall bloom season depending on the plant. The bloom size also depends on the type of Camellia, varying from 3 inches to 6 inches. 
Evergreen shrubs have a range of hardy growing zones. The hardy zone for Boxwood Juniper Arborvitae and Hemlock fall in the 3-9 range depending on the specific type of evergreen shrub. Check the information on the particular plant for accurate hardy growing zones information. Planting instructions will give the hardy zones, soil type and the sun requirements of the plant. Planting instructions are helpful in choosing the right plant for your garden; they can make the difference between a lush garden and a sickly garden.
Create the appearance of an old English Manor garden with Boxwood. Boxwood is perfect for privacy. It is a slow growing plant, but it is worth the wait. At maturity, this shrub will grow into a 15-foot privacy fence. Hemlock is also great for privacy, it reaches a mature height of 6 feet and grows slightly faster than Boxwood. Arborvitae is a smaller shrub that can be used for low hedges. Outlining a garden is perfect. Juniper is a sprawling shrub, it is never more than 12 inches high and makes a beautiful year-round ground cover. Camilla and Formosa Azaleas add color during blooming season and greenery year round. With careful selection and planning, evergreen shrubs will add decoration and beauty to your garden. They are comfortable to maintain, attractive and functional. Display the vibrant colors of your garden in spring, summer, and fall with the background of beautiful evergreens. Appreciate the greener and privacy of evergreen hedges in the cold winter months and during the holiday season enjoy decorations made from trees. Use evergreens for the foundation of a beautiful garden.