Beyond 2020: Field planting ploughs onward
Hot on the heels of a busy potting and selling season, there's really no rest for a professional nursery team. The field planting has begun in earnest this month. Manually planting new stock for the future seasons' sales into UK landscapes is labour-intensive and requires diligence and accuracy. The Hills team can be seen below planting out early flushes of Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese Laurel), a firm favourite and nursery staple, ideal for residential planting schemes - evergreen, fast-growing and hardy, all year round.
Worth the wait
Once planted, expect a healthy, steady growth rate with good husbandry, weeding and irrigation. Then, in three years' time, these tiny laurel plants will reach 60-80cm - the ideal height specification and form for a landscaping scheme - and will give the region's planting projects a beautiful green wealth of foliage and availability over the forthcoming seasons.