Otto Luyken Laurel as foundation planting - how far from house?
I'm embarking on the lengthy (probably 1- to 2-year) process of implementing a planting plan for our home. The first stage is our the front, beginning with the foundation planting of Otto Luyken Laurels. My main foundation planting bed (between the house and our front walkway) is about 14 ft wide and 9 ft deep. I'll be planting three of the shrubs there (along with another three on the other side of our front stoop). I've had it suggested that I plant so as to leave a couple of feet accessible behind the shrubs, for future maintenance. Obviously, they'll grow, but I would expect to do occasional pruning to keep them at about 3 ft high but with a fairly natural, somewhat mounded look. The idea of keeping access in the back makes sense to me, but I'm wondering how far out from the house I should plant the shrubs.