An evergreen tree with distinctly aromatic leaves used fresh or dried for flavouring many savoury and sweet dishes, most famously know for inclusion in bouquet garni.
- Easy to grow
- Fresh aromatic leaves available year round
- Many culinary uses
- Great for container growing
A distinctive aromatic slow growing tree popular for flavouring a great variety of dishes around the world. Bay oil is used commercially to flavour condiments. It is an ancient herb with a long history of use. During classical times it was woven into a head wreath and worn as a symbol of wisdom and glory by nobility and as a victor’s wreath.
As a slow growing evergreen perennial, bay is ideal for growing in pots – although if you have the space it will grow into a sizeable tree in the garden. They are ideally suited to a North facing site (full shade) or a Westerly aspect (morning shade) where they are protected from strong winter sun on frosty leaves. Bay grown in pots should be fed regularly and lifted onto bricks in the winter for added drainage. Mature trees will flower and the female flowers will continue on to produce berries.
Bay can be used fresh from the tree, although some people find these have a bitter edge compared to dried leaves although it isn’t something we have found. There is nothing easier than being able to pop outside and snip fresh bay leaves for a dish you are cooking. They are an easy leaf to dry; they just need to be spaced out somewhere warm and dry, but away from direct sunlight. Once dry they should be stored in an airtight container. Bay is often tied into bunches along with parsley stalks and thyme and used to infuse flavour into stocks, soups, rice and casseroles. Bay is also popular in some desserts and custards.
Any further questions?
Feel free to get in contact if you have any bay related questions – we have some lovely specimens in our own gardens.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.