This is privet. It is a woody plant. In certain situations it is an invasive weed.
Yet when planted intentionally and carefully cultivated, it is a hedge, a living wall.
The same thing can be “good” or “bad” depending on where it is, and how much of it is there.
Too much water is just as bad as too little. Too much water in the wrong place can be devastating.
A hedge can be low –
…or high. It can keep people out…
…or let them in.
It can even be shaped into a maze, where you can let people in, but they have to find their own way out. (Hint – pick a side, left or right, and follow that exclusively.)
What would be at the center of your maze?
Would you make your privet into a wall to keep people out?
How high would you let it grow?
How long are you willing to wait for that? It can take a decade to make an impenetrable.
Will people notice that you are growing a barrier, or will it be a surprise to them?
Will they step over it in the meantime?
(All pictures are from the internet. Used for illustrative purposes.)