Basil is a an annual herb closely identified with Italian cooking. There are dozens of different basil varieties, some with the familiar lemony tang and others with spicy and exotic scents and flavors. They all grow easily in warm, sunny weather.
Bay Laurel is most known for its dark green, glossy leaves with spicy, pungent flavor. Plant it in an attractive tub or container plant for the patio. Dry the bay laurel leaves for seasoning culinary dishes.