Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all return the space in front of our homes to garden? When our north London suburbs were built the front garden was the show off bit, the face you showed to the public, full of elegance and greenery. Back gardens were generally more workaday spaces used for general household tasks and storage.
3. Common Privet, also known as Ligustrum ovalifolium, is available in all root types, including instant troughs, so you can plant all year-round.
4. 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.
5. Ligustrum plants are semi-evergreen which means the lush, green foliage will hold through all but the very coldest winters.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. One of the best pollution tolerant hedging plants, Privet will thrive in even in built up, urban areas.
9. Golden Privet offers an alternative foliage colour to Common Privet, with bright leaves margined with a buttery yellow shade providing lasting colour in your garden.
10. 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.
What’s not to like – plus, and it’s a big plus – it is probably one of the cheapest hedging plants you can buy. Sit back and enjoy!