- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: March to May
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
An evergreen shrub that is grown for its lustrous, aromatic, dark green leaves rather than for the rather insignificant clusters of greenish-yellow flowers it bears in spring. This handsome, slow-growing shrub or small tree is perfect for screening and makes a lovely foil for deciduous flowering shrubs. It will thrive in most conditions, provided it is sheltered from strong winds, and it can also be clipped into a strong shape. The aromatic leaves are valuable, fresh or dried, for flavouring savoury stocks or sauces.
These plants are supplied as untrained bushes, although they can be trained into most shapes, such as balls or pyramids (as in the photo). You will need some patience to train them into topiary shapes though as they are quite slow-growing.
- Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season and feed with a slow-release fertiliser such as Scotts Controlled Release Tablets. Clip established plants lightly twice during the summer months to retain a balanced shape, using secateurs not shears.
Plants are supplied in bush form. They can be trained into most shapes, such as ball or pyramid, as in the photo. You will need some patience to train these bays in a topiary shape as they are slow-growing.