Creating Standard Bay Trees

Standard bay trees in pots look stylish flanking paths or doorways and are easy to grow

Photograph copyright — Patsy Collins

Laurus nobilis grows naturally as a shrub or small tree which can reach up to 50ft. In gardens it’s more usual to restrict their size by pruning. This can be anything from a general trim to forming spirals, cones, boxes and standards. Although all these shapes are…

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