Bay (Laurus nobilis) is an evergreen shrub that’s grown for its aromatic leaves. The leaves are used to flavour dishes. They’re the main ingredient in a ‘bouquet garni’ and can be used dried or fresh.
In more recent years it has also become a popular plant for formal container displays. Often sold trained as a standard or shaped, bay is an alternative to yew or box topiary. Plants are most often positioned either side of a front door as a formal and year-round welcome to guests.