THOUGHTLESS planting is a grave fault but never so much as when the plants are intended as permanent features.
It is quite common to see laurels or other evergreens planted in a position where it will soon outgrow the space allowed.
It is, of course, possible to prune them back severely but, although some shrubs are quite capable of withstanding such drastic treatment, it does not improve their appearance.
The better course when such a mistake has been made is to remove them to a more appropriate spot and plant the bed with something in keeping with the space available.
It is not, however, the simplest of jobs to move evergreens that have been left undisturbed for quite a while; they are sure to have sent their roots a long way.
See The Visitor (30-03-11) for full story.