Poet’s laurel is a good woodland plant that will provide evergreen color in even deep shade. It is best in well-drained loamy soils that are moderately moist. However, once established, the plant will tolerate dry shade, but it should be watered if the dry conditions last longer than 3 or 4 weeks. It is slow growing and the foliage will yellow and burn if exposed to direct sunlight. Its canes last three years and then die so periodic stem removal back to the ground is needed to keep the plant tidy.