Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionThe first-ever seedless Japanese privet selection, Kindly™ Privet is a noninvasive option for healthy, easy-care hedging. Its glossy, bright green foliage, good branching, and a handsome habit for the perfect hedging and foundation plant; and it’s flowers have a lovely fragrance and spice the garden up from spring to summer.
Privet plants (Ligustrum spp.) are flowering evergreen shrubs commonly grown as hedges, which can also be grown as small, bushy trees depending on the specific variety. Privet shrubs can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, and they are fairly easy to care for. But their planting site must have good drainage. The desirable property of privet—its vigorous growth—can also become a problem. To keep a privet hedge manageable, it needs frequent pruning, between two to four times per growing season.
DetailsBotanical name:Ligustrum japonicum Common name: Privet Zone: 7 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 4 - 6' x 3 - 4' Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring through fall Bloom time: Spring Features: Proven Winners, privacy & screening, heat tolerant, fragrant, deer resistant, best for beginners Uses: Accent, background, container gardening, foundation planting, hedge, ornamental, rock garden, cut flower gardenHow To GrowSoil: Grows in any well-drained soil; enjoys a slightly acidic pH (6.0 at the maximum). Light: Full sun (6+ hours sun)to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Water: Average water needs; do not overwater Spacing: 4-6 feet Fertilizing: Not necessary, but if desired fertilize in early spring with an all-purpose garden fertilizer. Winterizing: No specific care needed. Maintenance & pruning: Pruning is not required, but will tolerate light to heavy pruning after flowering in spring if shaping is desired.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.