The very name seems to say "privacy," as if a line of these bushes could form the ideal screen for those seeking a more private setting. It is susceptible to significant pest problems in some areas and local advice is worth finding. Within a year the gaps will have filled in and you will have a hedge four or five tall. These will form a low hedge in a few years and a tall one in several. It can offer all the privacy anyone would need with a maximum height of up to 15 feet. The privet hedge is getting too tall to prune without difficulty. If you invest the time in regular pruning, however, you can make almost any shape you wish, including the bear shown to the right. It needs well-drained soil but otherwise is an easy plant to grow with very few pest issues. With informal or natural hedges the choice is more often to do with foliage color, flowering and growth habit. Privet take heavy pruning down to the ground in spring very well. There are a variety of natural growth patterns in the Yew family including very upright or spreading. Thanks for sharing. If you decide to go for a formal hedge you need to be prepared to keep it trimmed. The best hedging plants will act as privacy screens, impenetrable barriers or simply beautiful features that delineate special areas- depending on your needs. The video shows some of the many things that you can do with boxwood. Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on October 26, 2013: I love box hedging - we just returned from France where I went to two wonderful gardens where I saw some amazing topiary. I even saw faces on rows of hedging. Formal hedges need to be created from plants that take regular pruning well. If you are thinking about creating a formal hedge, the best advice is local advice from nurseries and neighbors. What is the best variety of Japanese Yew to use for a privacy hedge in the DFW area of Texas. Korean boxwood is proving to be hardier than the English varieties. I always tell my clients that are thinking of purchasing hedging for privacy to go with a good ole Boxwood. For example, a California privet hedge will grow to 10 feet tall within 3 years, while a cedar hedge takes … It can be left to grow out into a typical conical conifer shape or trimmed to produce a formal hedge. I either need to cut them back or remove them completely. Privet and boxwood hedge; From: Patrice Peterson City: Mattoon, IL: I have two boxwood hedges on both sides of a large privet hedge. Also the privet hedge below the lush leaves are barren. It is evergreen and produces attractive (if poisonous) berries. You can keep them narrow to maximize growing space for other plants. Palm Harbor Tree Service on November 26, 2016: That was a great article. Hybrid Yew is a popular and quite fast growing hedge plant. You can also choose dwarf varieties for shorter hedges and less pruning. Natural hedges can be a mix of many species. The drawback for some people will be a relatively slow growth rate. If you take the cuttings in spring, you will have a line of little plants by Fall. Common or European Privet forms a dense, impenetrable hedge when pruned regularly (as seen right).
Boxwood is undoubtedly the most functional plant in garden history, as well as being attractive and easy to grow in sun or shade, and in a range of soil types. Hedges can be beautiful as well as practical. To keep out intruders (including the four legged kind)? There are many variegated species as well as the more traditional dark green lustrous leaved forms. Sandy, [Post
Simply beautiful - Love the videos too.
It is simply a matter of spacing the individual plants so that they grow together without any gaps. If you want a hedge quickly, you will need to buy well-established plants and plant them close together.