Laurus or Bay
They are evergreen and have glossy, aromatic leaves. These leaves are often used in cooking. In spring the Laurus Nobilis bears clusters of green-yellow flowers which are followed, on female plants by black berries.
Where to Site Your Laurus
These beautiful fragrant shrubs are perfect for flower borders, pots and training as topiary. Such a versatile shrub with many uses.
How to Grow and Look After your Laurus
Best suited to fertile soil in full or partial sun and should be sheltered from cold winds.
Regular pruning is not required but can be trimmed to maintain the shape in late spring.
If you are choosing to plant these in pots, then opt for a peat-based compost with extra grit to improve drainage. They will need regular watering and a good granular fertiliser from spring onwards.
The compost in the pots will break down over time so it is recommended that you lift the plant out and tease the roots off by a third and add fresh compost and check the drainage. Also replace the top compost as well.
If we are to have extreme cold winter, then do wrap the pot in fleece or bubble wrap to protect the roots.