Suitable for containers or growing in the ground. Kept neatly clipped the dark-green foliage can create stunning formal shapes that make an entrance or look perfect on a patio. Bay leaves can be used fresh or dried and are used in cooking to give a fragrant flavour to soups, stews and other dishes. In the garden, bay trees grow as a large bushy shrub or small tree reaching a height of 7m or more. Bay can also be turned into topiary (trees or shrubs cut or trained into specified shapes) specimens which can be shaped into pyramid ball or "lollipop" standards and some have ornately plaited or spirally trained stems.