Green Privet Hedging Plants or Ligustrum Ovalifolium (Oval Leaved Privet) are an excellent choice for a formal hedge and they also make super topiary. Green Privet hedge plants have long been favoured as a boundary hedge as they are easy to grow, easy to maintain and very reliable. Green Privet is semi-evergreen so will hold onto its leaves except over hard winters or in coastal areas. Ligustrum Ovalifolium has been the preferred choice for a privet hedge as they tend to hold their leaves more reliably than the wild privet (Ligustrum Vulgare). Green Privet hedging plants are fast growing and tough plants with oval, rich green leaves. Creamy white flowers appear in the summer, though normally only when left unclipped. The flowers are followed by black berries which are enjoyed by the birds in winter. Repeated clipping in summer produces the best hedges and topiary. Privet hedges are tolerant of hard pruning and an overgrown hedge can normally be restored to its former glory. This is best undertaken in early spring cutting back hard to restore shape and keep the privet hedge plants within bounds.
Privet Plants and Privet Hedge Plants
Privet plants are a group of shrubs and small trees that are often used as hedges. They have become very popular due to their fast growth rate, dense dark green foliage, and the ability to be pruned into a variety of shapes. Some of the most common species used for hedges include Oval leaved privet (Ligustrum Ovalifolium) and Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum), Privet can grow up to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide, but can be kept much smaller with regular pruning. Privet hedging plants prefer a well-drained soil and an aspect in full sun to partial shade. However they are versatile plants and will tolerate a variety of soil types and light conditions. It’s worth mentioning that common privet hedging is relatively low-maintenance and requires little watering once established. To maintain good plant health we would always encourage feeding your privet hedge with fertilisers such as ‘Growmore’ in spring and Summer.
The pruning and maintenance of a privet hedge is paramount to keeping the hedge in top health and looking fantastic. Pruning is best carried out in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. The use of sharp hedge trimmers or shears work best and use them to cut back most of the previous year’s growth to create the desired shape and size. If your soil is lacking in nutrients, it would be prudent to apply a well composted mulch of bark chippings or fines to improve the soil and provide some nutrients to the plants. Mulches will also help suppress the weeds which will compete with your hedge for moisture and nutrients. Privet hedges are generally low maintenance and a trim once or twice a year will keep them looking tidy. They don’t require a huge amount of care as they are very robust and resilient plants making them a popular choice for hedging.
Privet hedges offer a number of benefits to your property. A privet hedge can provide good privacy which is one of the most common reasons for planting a hedge of any type. The dense foliage of a privet hedge provides a natural screen that can block out unwanted views and reduce noise pollution from roads and neighbours. Privet hedges can also be pruned into a variety of shapes and sizes, making them a versatile addition to any garden or landscape. The dense foliage of privet hedges also provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife, including birds and insects. As with all hedges a privet hedge will also improve localised air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
Green Privet Hedge from Hedging UK
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Hedging UK are specialist growers of quality hedging plants. Hedging is all we grow! We grow and supply a range of sizes of green privet hedging plants. From potted plants to instant hedges, these plants will look great when it comes to creating stunning landscapes in your garden or outdoor area.
Our hedging plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We also grow a range of species from green privet, golden privet and griselinia to other evergreen species such as elaeagnus, yew, holly, and laurel. We also grow native hedge plants like beech and hornbeam. Plants are available as root balls, pot grown plants with fully intact root systems and more mature instant hedging plants.
Our privet hedging plants are carefully grown and nurtured to ensure they will look fantastic when planted on your property. Hedging UK is committed to improving the quality of our plants year on year. We trial different variations of growing techniques to understand what works best for individual species. We believe planting more hedges will help improve the environment whilst also offering many more desirable benefits at the same time. If you would like more information on any of the Hedging plants that we grow, please contact our knowledgeable staff right away for more details.