Another ligustrum Q: good alternatives?
Hi all! So as a beginner gardener who is trying to replant my NW flowerbed, I decided to begin with foundation plantings that are evergreens to serve as the "bones" of my garden.
I bought 2 wax leaf ligustrum because I needed a shrub that grows quickly, is dense enough to serve as a privacy screen, neutral backdrop for the more fun plants I'll be planting later, can withstand being on the west side of the house in full sun and the heat that comes with it (reflected heat, too) and can somewhat shade that area of the house, hopefully for a touch more energy efficiency.
I just called the nursery and told them not to deliver the ligustrum tomorrow because I'm reading that they're boring, common and invasive. Not good, as I want to be a responsible gardener. What would be a better, more attractive alternative? I've been considering cherry laurel but now would be a horrible time to plant trees, wouldn't it? Plus, the larger specimens at my local nursery run in the $500 range o_O
Any suggestions are appreciated!