Privet hedge plants have small, glossy green leaves that create a dense privacy hedge, beautiful topiaries and look great beneath windows and around pool and patio areas. It's important to know that Privet hedge plants are the most abundant selling hedge plants in the US, according to Tammy Sons of Tennessee Wholesale Nursery, a leading grower and shipper of privet plants in Tennessee.
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.
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 beautiful thing about privet plants is that you can trim them into some pretty fascinating shapes and designs. Plant a row of these; 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 top growth to be cut into globes.
The "Famous" Privet Hedge Designs
One of the most famous topiary privet hedges is found in the movie "Edward Scissorhands." Topiary artist, Ted Bush, created these. These were designed in the shape of animals and birds.
Many British homes and manors also use privet hedges in various topiary designs that reflect accent pools and garden walkways, showing how deeply embedded privet plants have become in enhancing landscapes. Some gardeners prefer privet 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 inventive arrangements near the fencing.
Natural Privet Hedge Walls
Privet plants make lovely privacy fences. To do this, merely allow these plants to grow high enough to provide optimal privacy. These plants also create a natural look when they can grow to a 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 annual growth. These berries turn darker as temperatures drop. These are seeds that fall into the softened soil and return as new privet plants. Hybrid privet plants have grown to reach a specific height, such as Chinese Privets. Variegated privet 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.