Old Arthritic marc said:
Why have you been asked to look after a garden long term if you don't know what your doing ?
Laurus nobilis ..common name bay tree.
He's asking for ID, that's all, and fortunately he's been given the advice needed.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
If allowed to get tall, these shrubs can get very dense and dark and looming. We inherited a tall, dark one in our new garden and sat and looked at it for 18 months before we decided it needed to be lightened. I took off all the stems up my head height leaving a multi-stemmed shrub we can see thru and which looks and feels lighter.
This is the before and after from March last year.
Now we can see where we're going with the mower and the dogs can play ticky more easily.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw