Privet Hedge Plants for Sale: Ligustrum Varieties

Bareroot Privet Hedging Varieties

Privet is probably the best evergreen hedge plant for urban areas. It grows in compacted, polluted soil next to roads and tolerates more shade than almost anything else. Green privet or variegated golden privet are the preferred choices in towns as they are truly evergreen, work well as screening plants and can be clipped to make smart formal hedges. Privet hedges grow quickly and forgive overzealous clipping. In the country, wild privet, while not as evergreen as the other two, carries masses of black fruit into the winter which are loved by birds. Privet hedges are best kept to about 2-3 metres.

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Privet Hedges - Summary

  • Uses: Formal hedges from 80cms upwards and topiary 
  • Good Points: Evergreen, dense, tolerates pollution, clips beautifully
  • Position: Almost anywhere including dry shade

Privet Hedge FAQ's

Privet hedging is one of the easiest ways to create fast-growing, smart, evergreen barriers around your garden. However, easy to grow as privet may be, you will get a much better end result if it is properly planted.

When is the best time to plant?

You can start with privet cuttings, but that will add 2-3 years to your timescales, so better by far to use bare root privet hedge plants that will establish very fast and are much more economical than privet grown in pots. The planting season for bare-rooted hedging is from October up to the beginning of April. 

Ground Preparation

Prepare the planting area really well; privet may be tough but it is enormously greedy and rewards you with rapid lush growth if it is started in soil that has plenty of added organic matter. Get rid of larger stones, perennial weeds, tree roots and other detritus at the same time. 

What Spacing is best between my plants?

Plant privet hedging in a single row at 3 plants per metre. 

Planting a Privet Hedge

Put your privet in a bucket of cool water an hour before planting and then take them out as you need them. Dig a trench just a little wider but no deeper than the roots. put the plants in the trench and return the soil around the plants, firming it down well making sure the finished soil level is the same as when they were lifted. Water privet hedging really well immediately after planting and, until it has established and is growing away, whenever the weather is dry.

Privet Hedge Pruning

As soon as you see the first new leaves emerging, trim your plants down by about a third to make them bushier at the base. After that, clip the sides 2-3 times a year and the top once a year until your privet hedge has reached the desired height. Thereafter, trim as required.

Listed below you will find Green Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), Golden Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium Aureum) and Wild Privet (Ligustrum vulgare) in a range of bareroot sizes.

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  1. Ligustrum ovalifolium

    40-80cms Hedge Plants
    • Evergreen.
    • Excellent urban hedging.
    • Suitable for poor soil & full shade.
    • Max. Height: 4m
    • Bareroot delivery Nov-March
    From £2.64  Inc VAT

  2. Ligustrum ovalifolium Aureum

    30-80cms Hedge Plants
    • Yellow / green variegated leaves.
    • Excellent evergreen urban hedging.
    • Suitable for poor soil & partial shade.
    • Max. Height: 4m
    • RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Bareroot delivery Nov-March
    From £2.40  Inc VAT

  3. Ligustrum vulgare

    40-80cms Hedge Plants
    • Size: to 3m
    • Soil: any, especially poor and dry
    • Use: as a tall hedge or wildlife cover
    • Single row: 3
    • Colour: green
    • Feature: berried
    • Flowering: May to June
    • Berries: November to January
    From £2.40  Inc VAT

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