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Regal Privet Plant – Ligustrum obtusifolium var. regelianum
The Regal Privet Plant is considered a fast-growing, hardy shrub. If left to grow on its own, it will create spreading branches that can mature to a beautiful, found-like hedge. This formation is what makes it so attractive as a backdrop to a garden in landscaping. It is capable of growing to hide things like foundations or walkway edges. The Regal Privet Plant has a wide range of zones, growing best in zones 3 to 7. It grows at a moderate rate in full sun to partial shade. It reaches a height of about 10 to 12 feet while spreading at approximately the same distances. One attractive quality about the Regal Privet is its great adaptability to a number of soil types. It prefers moist, well-drained soils that see a relative amount of sun when in a humid, southern environment, but it is also a hardy deciduous hedge when growing in more northern climates.
The Regal Privet Plant’s upright growth is marked by green foliage and white flowers that bloom in the spring. It carries dark berries through the winter and is both adaptable and prunable as a landscaping plant. Its dense foliage are what make it so attractive for use in backdrops, but its berries are also attractive to a number of birds and wildlife who come to eat from them in the winter. The plants grow upright in oval to radiation rounded formations, then achieve an arching vase growth as they mature. If frequently pruned, these plants will form a hedge shape. The dark green leaves are semi-evergreen in the south and slowly deciduous in the north, growing opposite in elliptical to oblong shapes of 1″ to 1.5″ of length. The blooms appear in May and June and attract a number of bees. The growth rate of Regal Privets depend on the frequency of pruning. The plants are useful in urban areas as they adapt well to stress.
A property owner can plan bushes and shrubs just about anywhere, but this doesn’t mean that the landscape or garden will look aesthetically pleasing. It certainly doesn’t mean that the plants will thrive in the area where they’re put. A gardener needs to know what sort of plant will do well in the type of soil his or her property has. The sort of light exposure the plant will receive in its site is also important. Also crucial is the hardiness zone that the property is in. Plants that are planted outside of their hardiness zone tend to struggle. It’s simply heartbreaking for a gardener to spend money on a bush or a shrub only to have it die because it was planted in the wrong place.
But even if the plant is right for the gardener’s area, it should be planted in a way that will contribute to the beauty and harmony of the garden or landscape.
Bushes are excellent for hedges. They make good hedges because many types of bushes respond well to being clipped and pruned. These include plants like laurel, taxus, holly, privet and box. The one mistake that some gardeners make is to plant them close together when they’re young to make a quick screen. This will lead them to crowding each other out and weaker plants dying. For a good hedge, the gardener should plant at the recommended distances and be patient.
Other plants can be placed around the house as foundation plants. The gardener should be mindful of how large the plants will get and make sure that they’re planted well away from the house.
Another use of shrubs and bushes are as borders or to give an otherwise empty and boring space in the garden some character. The plants should be chosen for qualities like color, mass, shape, texture, what kind of flowers or fruit they produce, whether they have a pleasing scent and if they’re capable of being interesting throughout the year. The forsythia, for example, is notorious for its brilliantly yellow flowers in early spring while the burning bush has fiery red foliage in the fall. Planting these bushes and shrubs with other interesting plants will guarantee that the landscape is a year-round source of beauty.
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