Chances are you have passed right by a number of examples of laurel trees put on display without even giving them a second look. Laurels are particularly popular as a container plant to be placed adjacent to some manner of official entrance. Grow a matching pair of laurel trees in separate pots and situate them on either side of the front door, a gate or the walkway to your house and you join a long tradition of investing the laurel tree with the status of unofficial gatekeeper, doorman or sentinel.
Laurel trees are ideal for pruning into a shape that suits your desires or needs. A line of laurel trees can be trimmed down down to create a beautiful and effective hedge as long as you can plant them in soil that is rich and well-drained and the location gives the trees access to the sun and partial shade. Keep in mind that creating a laurel tree hedge is a long-term plan that requires patience unless you are transplanting mature growth. New laurel trees will take a fair amount of time to develop the dense foliage you want in a hedge, but if you can hold out until the growth matures, the payoff is more than worth it.
A major threat to success growing laurels is often a lack of water even during the winter. Damage wrought during a cold snap may actually be attributable not to the ravages of dropping temperatures, but to the inability of the roots to retain the moisture they require. Take great care to never allow the ball of a your laurel to be allowed to dry out even when the tree can handled longer periods of drought upon reaching maturity. Needless to say, adequate watering is a must during the early years of growth, although you also need to be mindful of oversaturation.