The Hollies are a large group of evergreen trees and shrubs, which provide some of the most attractive specimen shrubs and hedging plants to be found. Hollies can be grown in most soil as they are very adaptable, and are indifferent to sun or shade. Certain species are invaluable for hergemaking and will withstand polluted atmosphere and maritime exposure. As a group they display a great variety of leaf form and colour. Male and female flowers are borne usually on separate plants, followed by berries which can give a stunning display in winter time. Hollies are excellent to attract wild birds into the garden both as a food source and nesting site. Grown in containers, hollies make excellent specimens outside the front door, on a patio, or in a terracotta pot next to a pool or water feature. Some of the most suitable varieties, for rich foliage and variegated leaf form are Ilex Golden King, Ilex Silver Queen, J C Van Toll, Silver Van Toll.
Ilex Aquifolium – Common Holly
There is no more a beautiful or useful evergreen for this climate.