A culinary classic, bay's glossy green foliage is a flavor favorite in soups, stews, and meat dishes. Bay only survives to 25 degrees, so it's commonly grown in containers, sounding a steady evergreen note on patios during the growing season and gracing sunny interior windows after frost. In the landscape, established trees are fuss-free and drought tolerant. Potted bay is susceptible to scale insects; hand-pick any offenders. Protect potted bay from intense sunlight in hottest zones. If you love to cook, keep dried leaves on hand; they're an essential herb for bouquet garni.
More varieties for Bay
'Undulata' bay laurel
Laurus nobilis 'Undulata' has wavy leaf margins, providing extra ornamental value. It is at least as hardy as the species and can be used as a culinary herb in the same manner. Zones 8-11