Ligustrum Topiary Balls (Topiary Privet) Ligustrum Topiary Balls are formally clipped evergreen spheres of garden privet of the variety Ligustrum Jonandrum or Italian Privet. These topiary plants bring shape and structure to formal or Italian style gardens.
Privet topiary balls are very similar to box balls but they don’t suffer from box blight in affected areas. There are lots of privet types but the Ligustrum Jonandrum we offer is especially hardy with small oval evergreen leaves. It’s used extensively in the UK as a hedging shrub but responds well to topiary-style clipping too.
If left unclipped privet topiary balls produce small white flowers that mature into tiny black berries during autumn.
Height And Spread of Ligustrum Topiary Balls Privet topiary balls require a yearly clip to maintain their ball shape. They grow in overall size every year even when clipped.
How Hardy Are Ligustrum Topiary Balls Privet is a hardy plant and the Ligustrum jonandrum variety survives sub-zero temperatures if its roots are well-drained. It’s rarely bothered by pests.
How To Use Ligustrum Topiary Balls Privet topiary is very popular in Italian style gardens because it brings smart shape and structure to borders all year round. Privet topiary suits well-watered and fed patio containers and is popular in front gardens too. Privet topiary balls sit handsomely on either side of a front door or lining a pathway. We also sell privet Pom-pom topiary and ornamental animal topiary to complement these spheres.
How To Care For Ligustrum Topiary Balls Privet topiary balls require at least one trim each year to maintain their shape. They are not difficult to clip and this can be done anytime during the warmer months. Two yearly trims, one in spring and one in late summer, will create a tighter more formal sphere. Container grown privet topiary should be watered and fed frequently. It’s a hungry plant that quickly runs out of nutrients in a pot. Ligustrum Jonandrum is happy in full sun or partial shade and likes well-drained soil of any type. An annual mulch helps boost nutrients and keeps down weed competition.