How To Decorate With And Care For A Privet Hedge

Privet hedges are a nice way to define a garden, to impose barriers or to separate areas. The privet is a shrub from the olive family. It has small white flowers with a very strong fragrance and it makes poisonous black berries. If cared for properly it can be trained to form beautiful green fences, living walls and arches or gates over garden walkways.

Front house privet hedgeView in gallery

He shrub needs a temperate climate and has to be trimmed often in order to thrive. If you choose to plant a privet hedge yourself, first you need to dig a trench. Depending on how thick you want the hedge to be, you can choose to plant one or two rows of privet.{found on lukegibsonphotography}.

Privet Hedge for swimming poolView in gallery

After you dig the trench, space the shrubs about 12’’ apart and bring the soil up to the branching trunk. The privet hedge needs to be watered heavily and frequently during the first year in order to grow lush and healthy.{found on anston}.

Offering a lot of privacy and looking amazingView in gallery

If you plant the shrubs closer to one another and allow them to grow tall you’ll be able to form a lush living wall. It would look great by the pool, offering a lot of privacy and looking amazing.

thicker privet hedgeView in gallery

To get a thicker privet hedge, plant two rows of shrubs instead of one. Of course, this means a bigger trench. Place the shrubs in a zig zag pattern so they grow together without competing with each other for sunlight or nutrients.

Privet hedges and living walls need to be trimmed oftenView in gallery

Privet hedges and living walls need to be trimmed often in order to stay healthy. Don’t let them become overgrown and trim them 2 to 4 times per season. To avoid allowing a privet hedge to become invasive, you need to remove its flowers before they go to seed.

Density of your privet hedgeView in gallery

To maintain the density of your privet hedge, trim it to it’s narrower at the top and wider at the bottom. This tapered shape will allow sunlight to reach the lower leaves so they don’t witter and die, causing the shrubs to be less dense.

Front Spanish House with Privet FenceView in gallery

Depending on the style and the look you prefer for your privet hedges, you can trim them so they have clean and linear forms or organic shapes. You can even make topiary decorations using privet shrubs.

Tall privet hedge add a lot of privacyView in gallery

It’s possible to train privet shrubs to grow over a metal arch and to form a sort of green gate or a tunnel over your garden walkway or entry. Of course, that would require a lot of care as you need to constantly monitor the shrubs, trim them and show them the path so they can grow as you wish.{found on fifth season}.

Pool lounge area and privet hedge behindView in gallery

Use privet hedges to gain more privacy in your backyard. They can grow lush and tall, towering over your garden furniture, daybed and even the umbrellas. You can plant trees and flowers around and along the hedge.

Privet hedges are beautiful if you want to divide the backyardView in gallery

Privet hedges are also great if you want to clearly separate your property from the adjacent sites. Privacy can be very important, especially if you want your house to have large windows so you can admire the garden and the surroundings.

Front house privet hedgeView in gallery

Decorate the living wall by the pool with string or fairy lights. It will look lovely after sunset and this way you’ll also get some accent lighting for the pool. Solar lights can also be used for greener and more eco-friendly touch.{found on revolutiondesignhouse}.

privet hedge can run along the poolView in gallery

A privet hedge can run along the pool. Forming a privacy wall for both the pool and the adjacent lounge area or deck. You can also have privacy hedges all around the property as well as in the garden to better define its lines.

Frame a driveway with privet hedgeView in gallery

Frame a driveway, walkway or a garden with privet shrubs and trim them to the desired height. Add garden sculptures and other decorations to create the look you want. A water feature could complete the look.