Privet shrubs

(Question)

Where in the GTA can I buy theses beautiful shrubs?
I wish to creat a hedge

(Answer)

Is there anything more classic than a well-groomed privet hedge?  I can understand your desire to plant one and just about any reputable large nursery will carry at least one, if not all three of the privets that are commonly grown in the planting zones in Southern Ontario.

Plant taxonomy classifies privet shrubs under the genus, Ligustrum; indeed, they are commonly referred to as “ligustrum shrubs,” too. Within the Ligustrum genus, there are various cultivars and species. The three that we are able to grow quite easily are:

Golden privet shrubs (Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’): zones 5-8

Common privet shrubs (Ligustrum vulgare): zones 5-8.

Amur privet shrubs (Ligustrum amurense): zones 3-6.

 

Here are some sites that will give you more information on each of them:

Golden privet:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/d810/ligustrum-vicaryi.aspx

Common privet:

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortanswers/plantdetail.cfm?PlantID=413&PlantTypeID=8

I feel that I must also share some drawbacks to privet hedges for your consideration. They are extremely poisonous. Ingesting any part of them may cause stomach ache, vomiting, nausea and ingesting the berries may even cause death. So if you have children in your life or your neighbourhood this is a caution. Secondly they are deciduous in this part of the world so in the winter they are less attractive and provide less privacy than an evergreen hedge. And in order to make the hedge dense it must be pruned several times a year. Finally they are known to be extremely invasive and can easily procreate from their berries. So you may find privet creeping up all over your property.

I hope that if you proceed with a privet hedge, it is a splendid addition to your garden.