Privet hedges are vigorous and evergreen in mild areas, while losing their leaves in winter in cold situations. Privet hedging plants have fragrant cream flowers in mid-summer. Privet hedge plants should be planted about 45cm apart, either in a staggered row, for an extra dense hedge, or in a single row.
Oval leaved privet (ligustrum ovalifolium), which has small glossy green leaves, is a good choice for a formal clipped hedge. Golden privet (ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum') is similar, but not quite so vigorous growing. Wild privet (ligustrum vulgare) is similar to oval leaved privet, with small glossy fruit in autumn.