They say a picture paints a thousand words. But trees, shrubs and plants speak a simpler language; although these days, it can often seem like not many people are listening. The noble bay tree has played a prominent role in history, literature, religion and even medicine from Ancient Greek and Roman times onwards.
One of the more enduringly popular shrubs in our experience is the bay tree (or laurus nobilis, to give it the formal name) – an evergreen which is literally timeless in its appeal. It's been a classic since Ancient Greek times, perhaps even longer. In recent years, we've seen an increasing trend towards giving them to friends or loved ones as gifts, individually or in pairs, to commemorate birthdays, weddings or anniversaries; or even as house-warming presents. But why is it so well thought of?