Best Evergreen Hedges For Privacy
Hedges- Although you may not infer it from the name, the California Privet is a very popular evergreen hedge all over the United States. The foliage of this shrub is small and oval-shaped that are dark on top and nearly yellow on the bottom. The most common application of this evergreen is as a hedge. During the summer, the California Privet hedge blooms with white flowers that transition to blackberries. Most tolerant in zones 5 through 8, it will tolerate many different temperatures and soil conditions. One of its many attractions is that deer, and other pests do not like it, and its upkeep is minimal. One of the taller varieties, this Privet can grow up to 16 feet. The California Privet will live up to 20 years, and its leaves remain green year-round in nearly all climates. The light conditions best suited for this hardy plant can range from full sun to mostly shade.
Evergreen Hedges are Excellent For Privacy In Small Bordered Areas
The Golden privet hedge is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub commonly used as a privacy border or hedge and sometimes used as an accent plant. The name of this Privet comes from its recognizable golden leaves. As opposed to most evergreen foliage which is gree, the golden Privet has more of yellow coloring. White, tubular flowers grace the Privet in spring, and while its aroma will attract both butterflies and bees, the smell is not a pleasant one — flowers then transition into dark berries. In warmer climates, the leaves are evergreen and will remain all year. However, in colder climates, the leaves will turn purple and drop. The golden Privet is best suited for zones 5 through 8. A fast-growing shrub, this privet variety will grow up to a foot a year, ending up anywhere from 6 to 12 feet tall and can have a spread of 7 to 10 feet. When Golden Privets receive full sun, they achieve their most vivid coloring. However, they will do fine in shaded areas. Regular watering is recommended for new plants, but established plants will tolerate many soil conditions.
The Regal Privet hedge is the most common of the Privet varieties. This evergreen hedge is known for its glossy, deep green leaves. This Privet is also known for being very easy to grow and maintain by pruning. The Regal Privet can grow to heights up to 15 feet, although this is unlikely. More often, it will more likely stay in the 12-13 foot range. The ideal growing conditions for this hedge is to receive full sun to partial shade, and they do best in well-drained soil. The flower of this hedge is very pungent and is excellent for attracting bees — the flower transitions to a dark blue berry in September. If the berry manages to escape the notice of birds, it will remain on the hedge all winter. Like other privet hedge varieties, the regal Privet is prone to twig blight and various fungal diseases. Fungal diseases can be held in check with the proper used of fungicides. If afflicted by pests, the insecticide can safely be administered. Consider using this hardy privet variety for your next landscape design, like a wall, hedge, a sound barrier, or even an archway.
Evergreen Hedges are versatile, stays lush and green year round and can be molded into many topiary designs