Laurus nobilis is probably the most popular plant choice for container planting, especially for something a little more formal in look, e.g. either the side of an entrance to a garden or house.
The Latin name is derived from Laurus meaning verdant and nobilis meaning noble. Laurus nobilis is one of the oldest plants used in cultivation today. Laurus wreaths were initially worn as a status symbol for kings, poets and winners of athletic games back in ancient Greek and Roman days. Laurus wreaths were also rumoured to be worn for their protective properties and were, believe it or not, thought to offer the wearer protection during thunderstorms.
So, our trimmed and shaped Laurus nobilis that we so love today has come a long way in the history of time and still continues to provide us with ornamental and culinary uses. Aromatic, attractive evergreen foliage is a huge part of the appeal along with the formal shapes and forms that are so readily available.