oval leaf privet
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July and August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
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This vigorous, oval leaf privet makes a crisp, pollution-tolerant hedge for an urban or surburban site. The small, oval, bright green leaves provide dense cover, and clusters of white flowers appear in July and August followed by shiny, spherical, black fruit. Thriving in sun or shade, the lustrous, dark green foliage provides an evergreen backdrop for ornamental and feature plants. If grown as a hedge and kept pruned, it is unlikely to flower.
- Garden care: Plants grown as free-standing specimens require minimal pruning - where necessary remove any misplaced or diseased branches in late-winter or early spring. Trim hedging plants twice yearly - in May and August. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.
- Harmful if eaten
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Q:Hi, i'm looking for a low maintenace screen plant or hedge to use in the front garden to make private. No more than 2 metres tall and with the smallest depth possible, it needs to be able to survive in pots or containers as the whole front is paved and concreted. Please could you advise on product and price? Total length to cover is 12 metresAsked on 30/3/2015 by Sarajar
I would strongly recommend that you lift some paving slabs, or break through the concrete, so whatever you choose can be planted in the ground, as large hedging in pots will demand a really high level of maintenance. If you can do that, the the Ligustrum would be an ideal choice.Answered on 2/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I have Crocus vouchers to spend before Christmas and I am interested in a privet hedge for our suburban front garden. My query is to the best time to plant these?
Thanks, AndrewAsked on 25/10/2014 by Andrew from Cardiff
As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. Hope this helps.Answered on 27/10/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Plant advice for 2 new beds please
Hello, I need some help to decide which plants to put into two new areas please:- 1: A semi-circle flash bed at the front of the house, size approx 2m x 0.80m and 0.80m deep. I thought about the 3 following options for a small tree/bush in the middle:- a) Magnolia soulangeana, but I was worried about the size that it could grow to and possible problems with roots etc . Will it stay small if the size of the container is used to restrict it? b) Witch Hazel (Hamamelis intermediana 'Diane'). Will it spread too much? I think this is very pretty. c) Corylus avellana 'contorta' Then I also need to think about ground cover plants to help suppress weeds. I am only interested in fully hardy, easy to look after plants, could be with some flowers or coloured leaves. 2:- A thin path between neighbours (approx 2m x 0.40). My idea is to plant bamboo. I would love a modern thin run of bamboo with ground cover. My worry is which bamboos to use. I love the yellow, like Phyllostychys aureocaulis (Golden Grove) but not sure if it is strong enough as it could be exposed to some wind. I bought from you a couple of years ago the Phyllostychys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' which I planted in pots but it died this year. I see on your website some other bamboos but I don't like them as much as their canes seems less exposed and have a lot more foliage. But possibly these would be a better alternative... ...? For the ground cover I as thinking of Ophiopogen nigrescen. Do you think these plants will be suitable, or have you any other suggestions? Thank you for your help, GaliaAsked on 15/2/2010 by e moran
A:Hello Galia, All of the taller shrubs you mentioned for the semi-circular bed will get quite large, but their growth will be restricted (both in height and spread) if they are kept in a pot where their roots are restricted. For groundcover you could opt for any of the following:- Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/ Helleborus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.helleborus/ Heuchera http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.heuchera/ Epimedium http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.epimedium/ Geranium http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.geranium/ Erica http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.erica/ As for the bamboos, even the most well behaved one (Fargesia murieliae) will spread to around 1.5m across so you should keep this in mind when planting it in such a confined space. Perhaps a better option would be one of our hedging plants, which can be cut back hard against the wall. Taxus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/trees/hedging/conifer/bigger-trees/best-in-very-large-gardens-parks/taxus-baccata-/classid.6230/ or Ligustrum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ligustrum-ovalifolium-/classid.4093/ would be good options. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/2/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Hedging and Osmanthus plants
Dear Crocus, I am looking for two Osmanthus burkwoodii plants but notice on your website that you only offer them for sale in 2 litre size. Do you have any larger Osmanthus burkwoodii plants? I am also looking for suggestions on which plants would make a good hedge. I am looking for something hardy, able to stand the frost, evergreen, not poisonous to horses and if possible, not just green possibly red / purple or variegated, any thoughts? Also, as these plants are grown in Surrey, will they be suitable to grow in the Scottish Borders? Many thanks, JaneAsked on 29/11/2009 by Janey Mitch
A:Hello Jane, I'm afraid we have all the plants we sell displayed on our website so we do not sell larger sizes of the Osmanthus. As for the hedging, if you click on the link below it will take you to our full range of hedging plants. Unfortunately we do not have anything that meets all your criteria, but if you click on the smaller images it will give you a lot more information on hardiness levels (fully hardy means they can cope with the weather in Scotland) as well as leaf colour etc. Unfortunately though I do not have a list of plants which are not poisonous to horses, but your local vet may be able to help you with this. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/plcid.30/ Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 30/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Hedging help please!
Hi We currently have a Photinia hedge which we have just drastically pruned as it was getting out of hand, but we have decided that this may not be the best 'hedge' planting to have for our situation. We have a strip of land 1m wide x 2m long which we wish to screen from the road for privacy - but we park our car close by, so it cannot be a prickly hedge - it needs to be soft ! Can you please help us choose our hedging plants ? Ideally the hedge would eventually be about 2m tall, and evergreen. Many thanks - any ideas gratefully received. KarenAsked on 17/7/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Karen, There is no reason why the Photinia should not be suitable, but you may need to cut it back more often than you currently are. Alternatively you could opt for one of the following Elaeagnus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/elaeagnus-%C3%97-ebbingei-limelight/classid.3775/ Ligustrum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ligustrum-ovalifolium-/classid.4093/Answered on 17/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Is Bamboo a good screening plant?
Hi We need some plants that we can use to screen our patio from a nearby railway line. The plants will need to sit in pots actually on the patio, and will be south/southeast facing. They should be at least 2m in height but not really more than 3m if possible - but I suspect keeping them in a pot will reduce the amount they'll grow? They'll need to form a line of a bit more than 3m against the patio wall which is about 1.2m in height. I was thinking something like Bamboo - would that be feasible? We want the plant to be thick but not too wide so it covers too much of the patio - unless we can cut it back. Is Bamboo manageable like this? Many thanks for your help. Kind regards RichardAsked on 20/6/2009 by Richard Rizzo Hills
A:Hello Richard, Bamboo would be ideal as long as you make sure it is kept really well watered. Anything that is to grow to 3m tall will need a really big pot though, so you will need to get these in place, and I would also recommend installing an irrigation system. Alternatively you could consider many of our hedging plants such as Ligustrum ovalifoloum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ligustrum-ovalifolium-/classid.4093/ which can be clipped to shape. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 22/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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