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Golden Privet is the slightly lighter coloured variant of our Oval Leaf Privet, a tough plant that copes well in most scenarios. It's a relatively fast-growing hedge that has a very dense habit, making it a fantastic choice for defensive hedging and privacy screening. It’s a semi-evergreen, with foliage staying throughout most of winter except for when the weather is particularly severe. The leaves themselves are a bright yellow, with streaks of green across the centre. White flowers bloom in late spring or early summer, followed by deep black or purple berries. Our Golden Privet is perfectly happy in either sun or shade and will thrive in any soil as long as it’s not waterlogged.
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|Type 1m Trough, 25cm wide||Height 60-80cm||Age 1 Year Old||Delivery 5 Days||Plants Per Bundle 1||1+ £83.99 £69.99 (£69.99 Per Plant) (£83.99 Per Plant)||4+ £81.47 £67.89 (£81.47 Per Plant) (£67.89 Per Plant)||16+ £79.79 £66.49 (£79.79 Per Plant) (£66.49 Per Plant)||50+ £75.59 £62.99 (£75.59 Per Plant) (£62.99 Per Plant)|
Golden Privet is the slightly lighter coloured variant of our Oval Leaf Privet, a tough plant that copes well in most scenarios. While originally native to Japan, we grow all of ours right here in the UK so that our plants are tough and hardy in our own climate.
We grow them in our nursery’s fields at the base of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire, spreading across 220 acres. The hills help create an area of intense weather than all our plants endure throughout their early growth, making them hardy and durable for going up against our country’s varied weather, just as nature intended.
Our Golden Privet grows slightly slower than the Oval Leaf variety, but it’s still a relatively fast-growing hedge that has a very dense habit, making it a fantastic choice for defensive hedging and privacy screening, aswell as shelter for smaller birds. It’s a semi-evergreen, with foliage staying throughout most of winter except for when the weather is particularly severe. The leaves themselves are a bright yellow, with streaks of green across the centre. White flowers bloom in late spring or early summer, followed by deep black or purple berries. The soil at our nursery is loamy and iron-rich, which helps to accentuate the lovely colours present in all of our Golden Privet’s leaves and berries.
Since we’ve grown our Golden Privet to be tough and resilient, they can tolerate a relatively hard clipping several times a year. They’re pretty quick growers, so they’ll need a bit of maintenance if you’re going for a more formal look, though they are less likely to flower the more they are pruned.
Our Golden Privet is perfectly happy in either sun or shade and will thrive in any soil as long as it’s not waterlogged. They benefit from feeding in their first few years, and since we don’t use any nasty chemical fertilisers while they’re growing here at our nursery, you’re able to use standard household compost and still achieve great results.
|Foliage Colour (Main Interest)||White|
|Time to Ultimate Height (years)||10 - 20 Years|
|Rate of Growth (per year)||Average (20-40cm)|
|Soil Moisture||Well-drained, Moist but well-drained|
|Soil Type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December|
|Amount of Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Weather Exposure||Exposed, Sheltered|
|Aspect||North-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing|
|Delivery Time||Within 5 Working Days|
Plants will not grow where soil contains too little air, insufficient nutrients or where soil moisture is either excessive or insufficient. Pre-planting soil preparation should aim to improve these conditions:
• Loosen the soil generally to eliminate compaction and improve drainage
• Weed the planting area (approx. 30cm each side of the trench)
• Improve soil fertility by using fertiliser, organic matter and lime
• Ideally, assess the need for lime with a soil pH test
• Improving the soil for a wide area (2-3m (6½-10ft) around the plant) is best practice
• Remove plants from containers or fabric wrapping (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee)
• Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system.
• If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting
• With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface.
• Place in the planting hole and refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets
• When planting it is very important that the plant is not planted too deep, plant at the same level as it was at the nursery.
• There will be a clear indication on the stem of how deep the roots were in the ground, planting any deeper can cause the stem to rot and the plant to fail.
Container plants are available to purchase all year round and can be planted anytime throughout the year too, however, late autumn and early spring are the ideal times to plant as the roots have more time to grow before the stresses of new foliage growth and high temperatures occur. Plants can be kept in pots for months if there is a delay in planting, as long as they are well fed and watered. Larger pots will have bigger and more developed root systems making them suitable for an almost instant hedge row. Potted plants are especially advantagous as their root systems are in tact and protected within their container, promoting fast establishment and immediate growth once planted, unlike other forms such as bare root and root ball where inevitably there is some root damage when theyre lifted.
Dig your hole as deep as the root system of the pot and around three times the width. Widening the planting hole allows for enhanced plant growth by improving soil aeration and reducing compaction.
Always water the plants thoroughly before planting. Tap the base of the container to remove the plant and root ball. Loosen the soil and untangle the roots if they appear too compact. Always handle the plant by the root ball, not by the stem or trunk.
Refill the hole with soil that you originally removed for planting. Fill in around the plant until the hole is around one-third full. Break up any large clod of soil before back filling. Level the plant so it is standing straight in the ground and is planted at the correct depth.
Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants. A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or create a wind break or shelter.
There is no cut and dry rule when it comes to planting density due to the amount of differences in the characteristics of plants. There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge.
Please refer to our run down of recommended planting distances for Potted Plants:
|Pot Size||Recommended Planting Density
|9cm - 3 litre pots||3-5 per metre for a single row|
|9cm - 3 litre pots||5-7 per metre for a double row|
|5 litre pots||3 per metre for a single row|
|5 litre pots||5 per metre for a double row|
|10-15 litre pots||1-2 per metre|
|15 litre pots +||1 per metre|
Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only – if you’d like more advice on how to plant then call our customer service team on 01952 913117
Hedge Nursery is the exclusive grower of Royal Horticultural Society Endorsed Hedging plants. Our hedging plants are licensed by the RHS as they are of the highest quality grown under expert nurserymen, with known seed provenance, and because of our great low-input growing methods. Our extensive selection of first class plants ranges from great value bare rooted plants to mature hedging and trees for an instant effect.