We’ve been planting a hedge at the Crossroads. You see, we live where two heavily traveled roads cross, and we’ve been thinking now for a few years that a hedge might add a little more privacy to our corner.
We debated about what type of plant we would use, but we settled on waxleaf ligustrum. It’s a tough, old-fashioned plant that’s been around forever. It’s evergreen here in the South, grows rapidly, and requires little care. It will get tall and bushy rather quickly, particularly if you keep it pruned. Ligustrum, sometimes called privet, will grow in part shade and full sun. Ligustrum is so commonly used as hedges they’ve become known as privet hedges.
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In late spring, they produce white flowers that are magnets for bees. After they flower, you can start shaping them up. We are very familiar with these plants as we had some growing as a hedge at our former home. They excel as a hedge but are not pretty foundation shrubs.
Leo has been planting these shrubs for the past two weeks. He had to get out the ax to chop through a few roots while digging the holes.