Prunus lusitanica 'Angustifolia' is known as Portugese Laurel, makes a brilliant evergreen hedge or specimen shrub. Thin and quite long deep green leaves are quite dark and area striking addition to the garden as a hedge, they also are easily spotted as the stems are red. Lusitanica is an unusual species of Cherry, and does have fragrant white flowers if it is pruned rather than sheared.
How many should you plant? 3 plants per meter, but if you you buy the 10 litre pot, or larger, plant just 2 per meter.
How fast do they grow? Portugese laurel are fast growing, cut your hedge twice a year, three cuts maximum required.
Hardiness? Frost resistant hardy plants, even the coldest frosts will not be a problem.
Soil type? Lightly acidic, like most plants, when planting it is best to add some multi purpose compost to help the hedge take.