Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants for a huge number of reasons, 10 of which you can find below. The dense foliage and seasonal interest make it a great wildlife friendly hedge and the hardy nature of Privet means it's suited to a wide range of planting sites. Available in a selection of varieties and root types, there's a Privet hedge to suit all gardens.
Our top 10 reasons to plant a Privet hedge
- Privet is the ideal plant to create a traditional, classic looking hedge as its roots stem all the way back to Victorian England when it was a popular choice for gardens in inner city areas.
- Ligustrum hedging is valued for its ability to be clipped into a range of different forms, including smooth curves and sharp, split level designs.
- Common Privet, also known as Ligustrum ovalifolium, is available in all root types, including instant troughs, so you can plant all year-round.
- Privet hedging is a very diverse plant and can handle a variety of different planting sites, including coastal and exposed positions, and is suited to all but very wet soils. Perfect if you struggle with problem planting sites in your garden.
- Ligustrum plants are semi-evergreen which means the lush, green foliage will hold through all but the very coldest winters.
- Although not recognised as one of their most standout features, Privet hedges offer seasonal interest in the form of creamy, white flowers that appear in summer and appeal to a variety of wildlife.
- Privet is a fast growing hedge plant so you won’t have to wait long for a vibrant, attractive screen. It requires tri-annual pruning to keep it looking neat and tidy but looks just as wonderful when left to develop a more natural aesthetic.
- One of the best pollution tolerant hedging plants, Privet will thrive in even in built up, urban areas.
- Golden Privet hedge plants offer an alternative foliage colour to Common Privet, with bright leaves margined with a buttery yellow shade providing lasting colour in your garden.
- Wild Privet is a great wildlife friendly hedge as the foliage is a favourite choice for nesting birds and the pretty, white flowers are popular with both butterflies and bees.
Facts you might not know about Ligustrum hedging
- Privet hedging was first introduced to Britain in 1885 from Japan.
- The genus, Privet, belongs to the olive family, Oleaceae.
- The berries that grow on some varieties of Privet are toxic if consumed by humans, but are safe to eat for birds who are responsible for seed dispersal.
- It is thought that Privet hedges were first cultivated in the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age) to protect cereal crops.
- The etymological root of Ligustrum Ovalifolium; Ligustrum was an old name for Privet and Ovalifolium derives from Latin, which means ‘oval leaved’.