aren't usually bothered by diseases and pests, but once in a while, you may see a mealy bug or scale damage.
are increasingly popular - and not just for cooking.
originate from Mediterranean countries, so it's no surprise to find their fresh or dried leaves bundled with thyme, celery and parsley stalks as bouquet garnis to flavour casseroles, stocks, sauces and soups.
The 60cm high decorated bay trees
cost pounds 25 and there are other plants on offer, including dwarf chilli plants (pounds 17) and fruiting mandarin trees (pounds 30) and more traditional plant gifts including hyacinths, amaryllis and cyclamen baskets (from pounds 19).
Sycamore, lime, maples, dogwood and bay trees
are also targeted by the insects.
Cultivating a beautiful garden is by no means a cheap endeavour, with many items, such as bay trees
, commanding price tags of pounds 60 or more."
Take bay trees
which have been grown in pots indoors or at least in a sheltered spot next to the house to protect them from cold winds and frost.