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Privet, Golden Ligustrum ovalifolium aureum From £1.56
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Privet, Wild Ligustrum vulgare From £2.40

What is Privet Hedging?

Evergreen Privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium, both the Green and variegated Golden varieties, are probably the most popular urban hedge plants.
It grows in compacted, polluted soil next to roads, tolerates shade, can be clipped to make a smart formal look, and is low maintenance. It grows quickly and can be hard pruned. 

  • Uses: Formal hedges from 80cm up to 3 metres, and topiary 
  • Good Points: Evergreen, dense, tolerates pollution, clips beautifully
  • Position: Almost anywhere, including dry shade

Wild Privet, Ligustrum vulgare, is not evergreen, although it tends to hold its leaves longer than most other plants. It is great for wildlife, and a common element in conservation hedge mixes.

  • Uses: Mixed country hedges from 80cm upwards 
  • Good Points: Native, great for wildlife dense, tolerates pollution
  • Position: Almost anywhere, including dry shade

How many Privet hedge plants do I need?

The planting density for your Privet hedge depends on the purpose:

  • For a normal garden boundary hedge, plant at 3 plants per metre (every 33cm) in a single row.
  • An interior hedge for purely decorative purposes can be planted at 2 plants per metre (every 50cm) in a single row.

What size Privet hedge plants should I buy?

  • If you are not in a hurry to get a full sized Privet hedge, we recommend starting with smaller sizes: up to 60cm tall.
  • If you are in a hurry and need instant impact, or are filling gaps in an existing hedge, then of course pick the biggest size that fits your budget.

Smaller plants are cheaper, easier to plant, and tend to establish better because they are dug up with most of their roots intact.
You can also clip them attentively and ensure a very bushy plant from the base up.

If you still aren't sure, then 60/80cm tall is considered the ideal compromise between price, size, and waiting time until you get a mature hedge.  

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Privet hedging is foolproof, bombproof, low-maintenance, and yet still attractive and versatile, great for topiary.

Which Privet Variety Should I Choose?

Green Privet is the cheapest evergreen variety, and makes the best backdrop for flower borders. 

Golden Privet is a bit more expensive, but to make it more affordable we supply it more sizes. If your garden is only a lawn or patio and a hedge, this more exciting variety is best. 
Its vivid foliage might be an overwhelming backdrop for the average flower border, but could work well around a purple themed border.

Wild Privet is best for supporting wildlife, great for adding to mixed country hedges or conservation hedges.
It's not evergreen, so not the first choice for most urban gardens where you will see it all the time.

What is the difference between Bareroot and Pot-Grown Privet?

Bareroot privet plants are by far the best value, the easiest to handle & plant because they weigh so little, and offer the most selection. 
They are only delivered during winter and early spring, about November to March, when the plants are dormant, which is the best time of year to plant almost all woody species.

Some plants or larger sizes can only be delivered in pots, and some popular species are sold both bareroot in winter and potted the rest of the year.

There is nothing wrong with Pot Grown plants, but where you have a choice, bareroot is always even better!

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