Posted: 30/07/2014 at 21:29
I've seen it happen quite often grace, and it's understandable. You'd think if you bought 5 foot plants they'd make an impact right away and you get a nice big hedge quickly, but it doesn't work like that. A houseowner near me was trying to sell their house a few years ago and it bordered the road. Most of the garden was at that side so they thought a hedge was the answer. They must have spent a fortune on potted laurels at about 5/6 feet. They still look awful - yellow and sickly - and have barely grown because they just won't establish. I bought one from the nursery last year at around 3 foot and it's grown a foot in all directions already - and it's only just been planted out, having been potted on in spring. They'll grow a couple of feet a year easily once they get going, just as Abby says. I had to move a very large, established one last summer and it was hacked back to around a foot high, with virtually no foliage left on it. It's growing well in it's new spot as part of the boundary hedge
When you put any kind of hedging in, put time , effort and goodness into the ground you're planting into - it really pays off. Your hedge will get off to a great start and will really thrive.