We need a hedge for privacy from first floor windows. We like Portugese laurel much more than the common type but it doesn't grow nearly as quickly. Will large shrubs (2.5 metres or so) establish quickly and then grow? We have seen the plants, they are at at well regarded nursery and are pot grown and have plenty of side branches. They are also expensive!
This thread http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/help-needed-please-with-laurel-hedge-issues/656523.html suggests we should buy something much smaller but then we will have to wait ten years for some privacy as we need to get to three metres to even have some privacy. We are not keen on conifers.
Thanks for any advice.