Conveniently described as like the more commonly seen Golden Privet, except that the golden parts of the leaf are silver instead. This is an evergreen or semi evergreen shrub with all the same attributes of the Privet Hedging Plants, notably they respond well to trimming, make for a very neat and tidy hedge as they have fairly small leaves and they will grow almost anywhere including shady, full sun etc and in any soil type. The only thing to avoid is the ‘wet feet’ of Winter waterlogging where we would suggest consulting our list of plants for wet sites instead.
Silver Privet Hedging plants make a good alternative to other varieties of Privet, or as part of a colourful multi variety ‘tapestry hedge’ mixed with Green and Golden Privet or other species of colourful hedging plants such as Purple Beech, Pyracantha and Photinia.
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A slightly different alternative to the more popular Green and Golden Types. Silver Privet is every bit as good and offers a different colour possibility for hedging. They are great for cheering up dark corners and difficult areas too, needing little maintenance once established.
Morris Hankinson BSc (Hort)
Founder and Managing Director
Like other varieties of Privet hedging plants, Silver Privet is a tough plant that will adapt to most situations, even on more exposed sites. Grow them in any soil type as long as good drainage is provided. These colurful shrubs will do well in full sun or partial/moderate shade.
Ligustrum ovalifolium Argenteum can be maintained as a beautiful moderately sized hedge from 90cm or so up to two metres or more, so tall enough to give privacy or screening if required. Trim them as necessary during the season, trimming once each season will keep them in good order, twice a year will keep them very neat and tidy, more of a show garden look.
Silver Privet would be a good choice to fill more difficult areas in larger groups, the shrubs would need little more than an annual trim to keep them looking tidy.
We recommend adding Rootgrow to the planting holes to give these shrubs the best possible start and encourage faster growth, once well established Ligustrum ovalifolium Argenteum is a drought resistant and low maintenance shrub.
How to grow Silver Privet
Position: Sun or partial shade
Foliage: Evergreen shrub, leaves stay on the shrub all year. Some leaves may drop in very cold weather and be replaced with new growth the following Spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Early summer
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread 300cm high x 250cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim as required to maintain the desired shape.