Laurus is more commonly known as Bay Laurel, and is typically used in cooking for adding flavour to foods. The plant is evergreen. It should not be confused with Prunus which has poisonous foliage.

Laurel is fairly hardy, however is susceptible to frost damage on new growth, which means it is best suited to a sheltered location. It is also suitable for planting in pots and can be trimmed nearly for the container in which it will grow. Siting should be in sun or part shade.

A variety known as ‘Aurea’ also offers a different take on Laurus – with golden foliage.