This combination is one of my all time favourites - perfect for an entertaining area.
Prunus lusitanica standards are an essential addition to any formal garden, better known as Protuguese laurels. These topiary-style plants are incredibly hardy and, if trimmed and maintained well, will add a touch of class to any property. Plant these at 1.5m-2.5m spacing in the middle of the garden bed and under-plant with Viburnum Davidii. Davidii are a stunning plant that have leathery, lush green foliage and discreet white flowers come springtime. They are incredibly hardy and look stunning when planted with the strappy foliage of Agapanthus Finn. Agapanthus Finn are a small white Agapanthus and - best of all - sterile, meaning the age-old problem of self-seeding plants will not occur. The tall white flowers will add the ‘wow’ factor to this combination, and work harmoniously with the Viburnum and structure provided by the Portuguese laurels. A twice-yearly trim to shape the Prunus lusitanica, and dead-heading of the Agapanthus once flowering and finished come the first frosts make this formal combination simple and easy to maintain, while keeping the class and sophistication to impress all visitors.
Width required: Courtyard/Entertaining Area
Prunus lusitanica standard - 1.5m (depending on the desired mature size)
Pure white flowers that bloom for months on end sit atop mid-green, strappy leaves. Ideal to use as a cut flower in containers, general borders, banks, mass plantings and rockeries. Position in full sun. Everygreen. Hardy. 35cmx 35cm.
Portuguese Laurel is a magnificent hedging plant. A glossy evergreen with small white flowers followed by red berries. A great choice if you are looking for a hedge to stay between 1 to 2 m in height. Very tough and grows in full sun to full shade, not a real fan of sitting in wet, so free-draining soil is a must. Requires a trim twice a year, once in late spring and another early autumn. Plant them between 70cm to 1m apart. The closer you go the tighter the hedge and the faster you get it, but no need to go any closer than 70cms.
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