Looking to purchase a Laurel hedge? Then this guide can help you out. There are many types of laurels, and variants of their forms, and it may prove to be difficult for people who have just started gardening or are considering planting hedges for the very first time. In this post, we will discuss the types of laurel that are grown extensively in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.
Common Laurel hedge (Prunus laurocerasus)
The Common Laurel, or English laurel, or cherry laurel, makes a great portion of all hedging plants sold in the United Kingdom. If the right conditions are met, this hedging plant can grow up to 60 cm every year. This quick growth allows it to be available in many different sizes. This is ideal for people who wish to install the hedge and get a dense foliage barrier speedily. Who should choose Common Laurel?
- The laurel hedge is preferred by people who don’t wish to plant a conifer in their home, and yet would prefer a fast growing hedge;
- This hedge is also perfect for people on a budget, as it is very affordable;
- Tough and hardy, this hedging plant is ideal for those who do not wish to maintain it every now and then;
- Individuals that have gardens with much shade—this plant can thrive there easily;
- People who live in areas with extreme winters. The laurel hedge can thrive in temperatures as low as -20°C.
Portuguese Laurel hedge (Prunus lusitanica)
The Portuguese Laurel has dark green leaves and is a bushy, evergreen hedging plant. Its leaves are much smaller than that of the cherry laurel. It is often preferred by people looking for Laurel hedge for its distinctive red stalked ovate and stems. It can grow up to 45 cm in a year under ideal conditions. Who should choose Portuguese Laurel?
- People concerned with aesthetics would love the combination of dark green and red on this hedge, and the fragrant white flowers that bloom in early summer;
- People who do not wish to maintain the hedge continuously. This hedging plant maintains a neat and formal appearance and requires minimal pruning;
- Individuals who may need to plant this hedge in different regions—sunny, shady or partially shady. This plant thrives in all these conditions;
- Individuals who live in extreme weathers. This laurel hedge can thrive in even -20°C;
- Individuals who wish for the hedge barrier to last all year round. This is an evergreen plant and provides exactly that.
Cultivation of Laurel hedge
Let's talk about cultivation! The Common Laurel can grow in almost all types of soils except waterlogged and shallow chalky ones. It can grow in both shade and full sun as long as it is watered properly during the establishment of the roots. You can find the common laurel in potted, bareroot, rootballed, pallets of potted and pallets of rootballed forms at Derwen Wholesale. The Portuguese Laurel will grow in all free draining soils including chalk soils. If you want the Portuguese laurel hedge, you can find it in containerised, rootballed and pallets of rootballed forms at our website. The Prunus lusitanica ‘Variegata’ is a form of the Portuguese laurel. It has a narrow white edge on all of its oval shaped leaves and is easy to control. It is available at our website in potted form.
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